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forever isko. international studies graduate. ex-french major/italian minor. corporate slave. foreign languages and culture lover. stargazer. moderately wanderlust. quite opinionated. ebay addict. bag hoarder. true 90s kid. ruthless potty-mouth. interested in a lot of things. rants every once in a while.

(personal rather than private space from my usual online presence, this is more... uninhibited? so if you know me, O hay der!!! =p ★)

04/11/2012
OH YEAH! I finally got my grades for my last semester in graduate school! Totally unexpected, particularly for PolSci 283 (Int’l Pol. Eco.) because I really had a hard time in that subject. But it’s all worth it! Just my comprehensive exams! YEY!

04/11/2012

OH YEAH! I finally got my grades for my last semester in graduate school! Totally unexpected, particularly for PolSci 283 (Int’l Pol. Eco.) because I really had a hard time in that subject. But it’s all worth it! Just my comprehensive exams! YEY!

03/26/2012
If it is no longer possible to take a book out/borrow from the library… BACK TO OUR OLD WAYS! HAHAHA I feel like a criminal/pirate one one corner! SAVE THE TREES!

03/26/2012

If it is no longer possible to take a book out/borrow from the library… BACK TO OUR OLD WAYS! HAHAHA I feel like a criminal/pirate one one corner! SAVE THE TREES!

03/10/2012

Mon and I while waiting for our respective classes. =) It’s my last day of normal classes and next week will be just an integration/review. I can’t believe I’m almost done with graduate school!

03/10/2012

Mon and I while waiting for our respective classes. =) It’s my last day of normal classes and next week will be just an integration/review. I can’t believe I’m almost done with graduate school!

PRETENDING TO BE FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL

03/09/2012

There’s this pretentious bitch here who wears a “La Salle” jacket and tagged “DLSU-Taft” in her Facebook page as her alma mater… when she’s not exactly from there. O_O She’s actually from DLSU-Dasmariñas, and nothing is really wrong with that, as it is a respectable institution. So why pretend to be someone else? Oh I see. Social climbing. With the type of crowd she’s trying to part of.

Judging from the apparent change and overall vibe, she’s banking on the plebeian notion that DLSU-Taft is a coño+rich people haven. I know a lot of graduates from this university, and most of them are the most down-to-earth and cowboy people I’ve ever met! So why so snotty now? 

Try harder, bitch. 'Yun lang. Mag-react… GUILTY. =P

P.S.

And yeah, you dress like a dollar whore and stop serving foundation day realness with your overly powdered à la geisha-esque face. And flip-flops and tank tops/spaghetti straps in the office? WTF.

BIZARRE! HOW BIZARRE!!!

02/26/2012

My usual problem at the end of every semester in graduate school is how to reach the minimum number of pages for a term paper. I have tried adjusting the font, the margins and other tactics just to make it happen. Surprisingly, as I am currently doing my paper, I have exceeded 10-pages of the maximum number required, minimized the font size and even adjusted the text from double-spaced to 1.5-spaced! I don’t know what to do now and I don’t want to let go of the things I’ve put here. I’m quite passionate about the issue of nuclear threat between North and South Korea as I chose to continue this topic from last semester for my current class. I don’t know how to slash-and-burn this one up. Very bizarre problem! It’s funny and excruciating at the same time. 

02/19/2012
This will be another hell week. Well, it will be just one hurdle, the second and final exam for my Thursday class. After that, no more half-day vacation leaves on Thursdays! We will also be submitting our final paper on the 28th and the semester for our IS 201 class will be over. That’s about a month earlier before the sem actually ends, but it’s okay. At least, I get to focus on my Saturday class more.
I’ve been looking for the documentary "Inside Job" online because I wanted to watch it. Our topic last Saturday was the global financial crisis and our professor mentioned the movie. I saw torrents online but not a lot of people were seeding (is that the correct term?). Good thing I was able to find one uploaded here:
http://www.theotherschoolofeconomics.org/?p=2499
I’m still on the first ten minutes and I’ve been praying for a faster internet connection! LOL So far, so good. After all, it did not win the Oscars for nothing! And Matt Damon was the narrator and that was a great bonus. =)
So what’s next for the neoliberal world order? I certainly and personally do not want a socialist system but the current system is cringe-worthy. So I’m confused. I have a laugh with the interviews of some of the important people in the movie because they were certainly skirting around the issue. LOL

02/19/2012

This will be another hell week. Well, it will be just one hurdle, the second and final exam for my Thursday class. After that, no more half-day vacation leaves on Thursdays! We will also be submitting our final paper on the 28th and the semester for our IS 201 class will be over. That’s about a month earlier before the sem actually ends, but it’s okay. At least, I get to focus on my Saturday class more.

I’ve been looking for the documentary "Inside Job" online because I wanted to watch it. Our topic last Saturday was the global financial crisis and our professor mentioned the movie. I saw torrents online but not a lot of people were seeding (is that the correct term?). Good thing I was able to find one uploaded here:

http://www.theotherschoolofeconomics.org/?p=2499

I’m still on the first ten minutes and I’ve been praying for a faster internet connection! LOL So far, so good. After all, it did not win the Oscars for nothing! And Matt Damon was the narrator and that was a great bonus. =)

So what’s next for the neoliberal world order? I certainly and personally do not want a socialist system but the current system is cringe-worthy. So I’m confused. I have a laugh with the interviews of some of the important people in the movie because they were certainly skirting around the issue. LOL

12/18/2012

It just finished raining here in U.P. Diliman. Love the cool atmosphere!

12/18/2012

It just finished raining here in U.P. Diliman. Love the cool atmosphere!

FIRST LINKED-IN OFFER

02/10/2012

I got a message on Linked-in. First thing that went through my mind: money or humanity. How I wished it could be both like “hu-money-ty”. T_T

They needed somebody who had a background in research writing and knowledge of developmental work. And not to mention, somebody who can also speak French among other languages that the organization uses. I gave it a shot and sent my CV —- I won’t lose anything after all. But as always, act with no expectations. =)

01/16/2012
I don’t know when was the last time Mon and I have been to Mashitta in U.P. Shopping Center (but I highly doubt it has been that long). So after my class last Saturday, we were surprised that the place was given a makeover! It has been repainted, the lights replaced and a large MASHITTA sign has been planked on the wall. The quirkiest additions were the random artworks added on the walls (e.g. handwritten Korean characters, traditional Korean roof, drawing of two lovely kitties). It makes eating in the place more fun! <3

01/16/2012

I don’t know when was the last time Mon and I have been to Mashitta in U.P. Shopping Center (but I highly doubt it has been that long). So after my class last Saturday, we were surprised that the place was given a makeover! It has been repainted, the lights replaced and a large MASHITTA sign has been planked on the wall. The quirkiest additions were the random artworks added on the walls (e.g. handwritten Korean characters, traditional Korean roof, drawing of two lovely kitties). It makes eating in the place more fun! <3

01/14/2012
My head is spinning. Spent a lot of time reading about international trade and the international monetary system (e.g. foreign exchange, gold standard, Bretton Woods and all that jazz) for my IPE class later. I should be writing our weekly one-pager but decided that it&#8217;s much better to sleep first. Economics is never a strong suit of mine, but thank God for basic IR theories. They made things easier to digest. Good night world!
P.S.
Can&#8217;t wait to watch Mission Impossible later with Mon&#8230; FINALLY (the MMFF season is over)!!! And I can now smell the bibim ramyun, kimchijeon and kimbap from Mashitta in UP SC. ^_____________^

01/14/2012

My head is spinning. Spent a lot of time reading about international trade and the international monetary system (e.g. foreign exchange, gold standard, Bretton Woods and all that jazz) for my IPE class later. I should be writing our weekly one-pager but decided that it’s much better to sleep first. Economics is never a strong suit of mine, but thank God for basic IR theories. They made things easier to digest. Good night world!

P.S.

Can’t wait to watch Mission Impossible later with Mon… FINALLY (the MMFF season is over)!!! And I can now smell the bibim ramyun, kimchijeon and kimbap from Mashitta in UP SC. ^_____________^

01/12/2012
I woke up very early today because I have lots of things to do. However, my usual morning coffee was negligible because my classmates sent me a message via BlackBerry that our midterm examination would be later. I tried explaining and justifying that they might have gotten the date wrong. Oh well, I think I&#8217;m not mistaken that it is really by next week.  Now, I&#8217;m here in Ortigas in the office of the developer for the townhouse I bought in the &#8216;highlands&#8217;. I can&#8217;t believe that I have already paid a year worth of mortgage and I need to supply 12 more PDCs for this year. Adult problems. I feel so old.

01/12/2012

I woke up very early today because I have lots of things to do. However, my usual morning coffee was negligible because my classmates sent me a message via BlackBerry that our midterm examination would be later. I tried explaining and justifying that they might have gotten the date wrong. Oh well, I think I’m not mistaken that it is really by next week. Now, I’m here in Ortigas in the office of the developer for the townhouse I bought in the ‘highlands’. I can’t believe that I have already paid a year worth of mortgage and I need to supply 12 more PDCs for this year. Adult problems. I feel so old.

01/05/2012
Back to school, back in class. I just can&#8217;t wait for the free food that the reporter will serve in a while. :p

01/05/2012

Back to school, back in class. I just can’t wait for the free food that the reporter will serve in a while. :p

Prise de la Bastille, by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel
(Photo from www.xtimeline.com)
12/01/2011
Honestly, I can&#8217;t remember anything from my two French history courses when I was still in college. Or maybe, I just remember names like Gaul, Gallic, Merovingian and Le Roi Soleil but with no specific details I can boast of. I did learn French but not the history of the people speaking it. My bad and I deeply regret it now.
But earlier, I had the lucky/unlucky chance to report about nations, nationalism and imperialism. I volunteered to get the first topic up for reporting because I was under the impression that once I&#8217;m done with it before Christmas vacation&#8230; I&#8217;ll have less things to worry about come January. I know that this is a 201 class, which is an approximation of a 101 class in undergraduate level. And since I&#8217;m already on my last semester before comps, I thought that discussing the basic principles of international politics will be a breeze &#8212;- I WAS WRONG.
Some things I learned about the report:
1) It was an affirmation that I need to brush up more on the European history. I seem to neglect that part because I get easily dizzy with the dates;
2) We seem to focus more on the &#8220;state&#8221; part, and forgetting the &#8220;nation&#8221; aspect of international relations. We are obsessed with legitimacy, power, sovereignty, etc. that we forget the human aspect offered by the &#8220;nation&#8221;. More wars are fought on the basis of nation than the state;
3) I thank my previous Anthro class that I now have, more or less, a better grasp of the cultural aspect of international politics;
4) I was compelled to read the French Revolution and Napoléon Bonaparte for the sake of the report/presentation and I now appreciate its significance, particularly the Storming of the Bastille (shown in the photo above);
6) I had a kick enunciating all those French words correctly while reporting, hoping that the class may auto-correct themselves in case they want to pronounce them in the future (e.g. Versailles, Bastille, Bonaparte, entente in Triple Entente) =D
5) I&#8217;m glad that I&#8217;m taking this course now &#8212;- it moved beyond the purpose of being a refresher and offered a new perspective on how I understand things. I now got a better appreciation and our professor is well-spirited and animated.
:)

Prise de la Bastille, by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel

(Photo from www.xtimeline.com)

12/01/2011

Honestly, I can’t remember anything from my two French history courses when I was still in college. Or maybe, I just remember names like Gaul, Gallic, Merovingian and Le Roi Soleil but with no specific details I can boast of. I did learn French but not the history of the people speaking it. My bad and I deeply regret it now.

But earlier, I had the lucky/unlucky chance to report about nations, nationalism and imperialism. I volunteered to get the first topic up for reporting because I was under the impression that once I’m done with it before Christmas vacation… I’ll have less things to worry about come January. I know that this is a 201 class, which is an approximation of a 101 class in undergraduate level. And since I’m already on my last semester before comps, I thought that discussing the basic principles of international politics will be a breeze —- I WAS WRONG.

Some things I learned about the report:

1) It was an affirmation that I need to brush up more on the European history. I seem to neglect that part because I get easily dizzy with the dates;

2) We seem to focus more on the “state” part, and forgetting the “nation” aspect of international relations. We are obsessed with legitimacy, power, sovereignty, etc. that we forget the human aspect offered by the “nation”. More wars are fought on the basis of nation than the state;

3) I thank my previous Anthro class that I now have, more or less, a better grasp of the cultural aspect of international politics;

4) I was compelled to read the French Revolution and Napoléon Bonaparte for the sake of the report/presentation and I now appreciate its significance, particularly the Storming of the Bastille (shown in the photo above);

6) I had a kick enunciating all those French words correctly while reporting, hoping that the class may auto-correct themselves in case they want to pronounce them in the future (e.g. Versailles, Bastille, Bonaparte, entente in Triple Entente) =D

5) I’m glad that I’m taking this course now —- it moved beyond the purpose of being a refresher and offered a new perspective on how I understand things. I now got a better appreciation and our professor is well-spirited and animated.

:)

12/01/2011
We just finished eating a pizza I had paid for LOL Sir Velasco paid for one last meeting, so it is now my turn. I&#8217;m going to report in a little while and my Powerpoint presentation looked like trash next to the one Sir is using&#8230; Oh well!

12/01/2011

We just finished eating a pizza I had paid for LOL Sir Velasco paid for one last meeting, so it is now my turn. I’m going to report in a little while and my Powerpoint presentation looked like trash next to the one Sir is using… Oh well!

First class yesterday&#8230;
11/13/2011
&#8230; and I was late. Prof. Mendoza was already discussing the principles behind the discipline of Int&#8217;l Political Economy and I had to scramble for my bag to get a pen and a notebook. I was pathetic. Good thing though that he did not keep us for three hours and I went straight to the food kiosks near Sunken Garden to eat a plate of pancit canton and drink a bottle of my favorite Smart-C Lemon while waiting for Mon. ^.^

First class yesterday…

11/13/2011

… and I was late. Prof. Mendoza was already discussing the principles behind the discipline of Int’l Political Economy and I had to scramble for my bag to get a pen and a notebook. I was pathetic. Good thing though that he did not keep us for three hours and I went straight to the food kiosks near Sunken Garden to eat a plate of pancit canton and drink a bottle of my favorite Smart-C Lemon while waiting for Mon. ^.^

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