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Sometimes, I can't help but wonder at my own luck, or think that maybe somewhere, there really IS someone out there looking out for me, discreetly planting little things for me to find that would unexpectedly and inexplicably help me out of whatever rut I've landed myself into again.

For example, I've posted quite recently that I have become penniless, about four hours after having received my latest paycheck. I was seriously very worried about how the heck I was supposed to make 700 pesos last for 15 days, but it looks like things may be panning out for the better afterall. For one thing, a week before payday, and before I realized that I would be left with just about nothing after we pay off all our bills, I've decided to finally put up for sale the old PS2 that [profile] jylichanhas so generously donated to us last January. 

Our apartment just got robbed about a week before, when he dropped by to make those evil, evil fried Snickers bars of his, and also to drop off the PS2. It didn't come with any peripherals at all, and he has warned us that the unit may or may not be functional, but we figured that any help is definitely welcome. Besides, Lem and I have been known to make do with whatever we may have at the moment. 

Anyway, going back... so I put the PS2 up for sale on eBay, stating rather clearly that the unit has its flaws, but much to our surprise (and Jyli's utter disbelief), the unit got sold. Lem met up with the buyer just this Friday, the sale was made without a hitch, and I now have a thousand pesos in my pocket. Just in time, too, since my resources have dwindled down to about 50 pesos at that time. If it hadn't been for that sale, I may have had to literally walk to and from the office everyday until I figured out a way to get more money.

Yep, after having kept the broken (?) PS2 unit around for about six months or so, I suddenly decided to sell it on a whim, and lo and behold, it has apparently saved my skin once again.

What never fails to amuse me is the fact that often, I would have this one thing that I have for sale, which would ONLY get sold at a time when I actually badly need the money. For example, when I quit my job at Sutherland years ago, I was jobless for a month, and we didn't know how we were going to pay for our bills and rent. Then, this ugly old jewelry box that I've had up on eBay for MONTHS but never got sold... suddenly got sold, bought by this lady for the full listing price. The buyer even gave a tip.

Another time while I was still with QJ, I bought this Vodafone-locked cellphone off of eBay, but I couldn't use it since our local hackers haven't quite figured out how to unlock it yet. It sat in my closet for about a year. Then, when I quit QJ last year and I was once again wondering how to make ends meet, the Vodafone unlock codes were released to the general public, and the phone was readily bought by Marlon, one of my high school friends. Yes, I didn't know it, but it just so happened that he wanted a second phone with a camera that costs only about 6k pesos, and it also just so happened that I had a phone for sale, that has a camera, and I was selling it for 5.5k pesos. He paid me 6.5k for it.

Wow. Moments like this makes me wonder if I did something really nice in a past life. Either that, or trumpets blare inside my head as a disembodied voice announces, "CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY ROLLED LUCK!"

Sigh. Anyway, moving back to the present... 

As a last ditch effort, I also decided to empty out my PayPal account a couple of days ago. I had about $40 on there, which I was planning to use for a year's worth of paid LJ goodness, but first things first, I suppose. ^_^;; The money I withdrew from PayPal won't reach my bank account until some time next week, but the 1k I just got should be enough to tide me over until PayPal does its magic.

Meanwhile, it has also crossed my mind that, if I'm so lucky, then how come I'm not winning the lottery? Or picking up a case full of money? Or even winning a toaster from the office raffle? Well, I've always figured that the reason for that is because the Universe knows that I would most likely do something sinister with the money and the toaster, had I been given the chance. Like buying a golden bathtub and filling it with Cheetos. Or tossing a live toaster into the office gym shower while someone I don't like is in it.

Oh well.

Wherever you are, whoever you are, thank you. Seriously. :)
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Oooh... the very title makes my spine shiver. XD
This is just awesome. It's pretty old, but I just found it now, and I'm pretty wowed by it.

According to the website, realityofnature.com, the following videos "attempt to illustrate the potential Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum superposition through recorded video games."

"The first video (below) was constructed using the Kaizo Mario hacked ROM version of the Super Nintendo classic Super Mario World. This particular custom level was played 1,000 times and than superimposed on top of one another, giving the impression that Mario’s many possibilities are being realized over and over again."


"The second video uses the exact same premise, this time using the PC game TrackMania. The game was played 1,000 times and than each finished level was superimposed onto the next; the point of the video is the same, but the smooth graphics make this one almost enchanting."


Wow. I think I could actually learn quantum mechanics if everything was explained this way...

And yes, this is me trying to lighten up after that previous post.
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Just a short intermission before I go on: Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao, for another win! Hehe... let's just hope it doesn't all go to his head though. In the meantime, I just want to say for the record that I agree with his trainers that letting him do his training here in the Philippines is a bad idea, as showbiz and politics takes too much of the boxer's time whenever he's home. So yeah, the next time he has another match coming up, I say cancel all those TV appearances, concerts and what-have-yous, ship him back to California, and lock him up in a gym for a couple of months.

Moving on...

Lem and I spent yesterday just relaxing. After I got home from work at about 5:30am, we slept until almost noon, before we finally woke up and decided that we were getting a little hungry. We intended to head to the Legazpi Village Sunday market because we really missed the takoyaki and Hong Kong style noodles that are sold there, but we were worried that we wouldn't be able to catch a ride on anything and commute to Legazpi Village because of Pacquiao's match. After all, as we all know, whenever Pacquiao has a fight up, the whole country just simply grinds to a halt to watch TV.

Anyway, we decided that it would probably be a good idea to try to head out before Pacquiao's match started, and we were able to easily catch a jeepney to the Don Bosco area. It was drizzling at that time, so we figured there wouldn't be too many people at the Sunday Market, but lo and behold, it turned out that it was still packed even though some of the regular vendors didn't show up for today.

Upon getting there, one of the first things that caught our attention was the fact that the small tent that's set up in the area which was normally reserved for a small Catholic mass (presided over by a priest from Don Bosco Makati) has been converted into a small, make-shift theater. It basically housed two television sets on one side, and the TVs were facing slightly away from eachother. Except for a small area directly in front of the TVs, the rest of the space under the tent, as well as the whole area beyond the tent's cover, was occupied by fans who had their eyes riveted to what was going on on the TV screens.

Apparently, between the time that we closed the apartment door behind us, and the time that we arrived at Legazpi Village (which is about... ten minutes), Pacquiao's match started, and it was already well into the fourth round by the time we got there.

Now, I mentioned earlier that it's been drizzling when we left our apartment, and it still was when we got to the Sunday Market, but the people who couldn't find cover under the tent just simply stood around with umbrellas in order to watch the fight. It was quite a scene, seeing a bunch of foreigners mixed in with the locals, and then seeing them all "HAH!", and "OH!", and "GAH!", and flinch in perfect unison whenever something interesting happened to Pacquiao's match against Diaz.

Yep. Have you ever seen a tightly-packed group of about 30-40 people flinch in unison? It's fun. It reminds me of a school of Moonfish. Hehe.

With everyone distracted and all, Lem and I were able to easily find a table and order the food items that we've been craving for. We shared a box of takoyaki, Lem got himself a nice quarter-pounder from Monster Burger, and I headed for Manvy's for a bowl of those seafood stir-fried noodles that I've been craving for for months. I swear, food always tastes twice as good when you finally get to eat it after craving for it for so long! And the best part was that there were no lines at all the food booths because everyone else was busy watching the match!

By the time the match ended, Lem and I were already enjoying our mango smoothies to finish off our meal, and we figured out the result of the match from... well, from almost every person who passed our table. It was also easy to tell since everyone left the tent smiling, and people were congratulating eachother, and telling the vendors at the food stalls all about it as they finally started lining up to buy snacks and meals.

The match, as well as our meal also ended just in the nick of time, since about 20 minutes after Pacquiao was declared the winner, the rain suddenly started to come down really hard. By that time, I was already settled inside a nearby 7-11 branch, and Lem was at our apartment as he had to go back to get some money so we could watch a movie.

We watched Wanted at WalterMart, and despite what the comic book version purists have to say about it, IT WAS GREAT. True, it had a lot of deviations from the source, but for the love of God, it has Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, and it has Gun-Fu. End of Story. WHAT MORE DO YOU POSSIBLY NEED?? Rawr!

But all that's for another post.

(PS. I love, love, love being able to post via email. XD)
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This has got to be the coolest set of videos that I have seen in a good while. Lem showed me these and I'm pretty excited now.

Jeebus... THOSE ULTRALISKS ARE PROPORTIONED NOW!! THEY'RE HUGE!! WITH TUSKS!! Just imagine YOU getting ambushed by burrowing elephants with razor tusks! Whew...


Zerg reveal trailer


Zerg VS. Protoss
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One of the games which we grieve for, as it never made it out of Japan. T_T Sigh... Oh well. Maybe I'll be able to order a copy online someday, or I'll spot a bootleg copy in Quiapo, or something... T_T

Anyway, it's a delight to see Jin Kazama, Arthur, KOS-MOS, Megaman X, Ryu, and the Dark Stalker ladies all together in one place. ^___^ Plus I love the song. Haha!

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Now that we've got the fangirling out of the way, I can finally get to write this post which I have been meaning to do so for the past week.

As the Subject line suggests, here's a few things that I've been up to, or into, recently which I've just thought I should share:

SpaceTelescope.Org

This site features images that were taken by the Hubble space telescope. On top of the images, there are also brief descriptions of each photo taken and for the serious astronomy buffs, they even have the original, uncompressed image files (almost each one can get as big as 100,000KB each, or more!).

I've recently been enjoying going through the images that they have because it just never fails to instill this sense of wonder in me. Also, with a photo such as this one, one can't help but literally gain a new perspective on things, or be humbled. I mean, in a small picture, you see these tiny shapes scattered all around, and then it just dawns on you at one point that each speck that you see is actually a single galaxy, each filled with billions of stars, suns, moons and planets. And then one just realizes the greatness and vastness of it all, and the humility just sets in, slowly at first, until it finally hits you right on the head.

Elie Wiesel

I actually had no idea who the heck Elie Wiesel was (yes, I'm oblivious), until I happened to catch an episode of Oprah a couple of nights ago, while I was waiting for Ian to get back from work and I left the TV on because I wanted some background noise. The episode basically consisted of Oprah accompanying Wiesel to the grounds of Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. I figured it was just another Holocaust-survivor special, but the moment Wiesel opened his mouth, something just made me sit up and listen. It was like every word he spoke wasn't something he was saying within a conversation, but rather, it seemed like he was quoting something profound from one of his books, except he wasn't. Or maybe it was the way he said things. Or maybe that's just me. Eitherway, I'm now intrigued and very curious about his book, Night. And no, I don't watch Oprah regularly.

Jamiroquai

I've been in a very disco mood lately, partly because I saw JK again in the video for Runaway and I recalled just how nice he moved, and partly because I felt like reminiscing since Cosmic Girl and Virtual Insanity both hearken back to my high school days. Haha! So, I downloaded the latest Jamiroquai singles album, and I've been dancing for days. It makes writing easier, too, since I just listen to it when I feel stumped and I'm okay again after a few minutes. Current favorites are Canned Heat, and (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, though the entire album is great.

DISCO!!

And I want JK's hats. They're just so funky.
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Every great magic trick consists of three acts. The first act is called "The Pledge"; The magician shows you something ordinary, but of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn"; The magician makes his ordinary something do something extraordinary. Now if you're looking for the secret... you won't find it, that's why there's a third act called, "The Prestige"; this is the part with the twists and turns, where lives hang in the balance, and you see something shocking you've never seen before.


Ian and I managed to watch The Prestige during our day off, and we were most definitely wowed, bowled over, and impressed. Ofcourse it doesn't hold the same enchantement as when LOTR first came out in theaters, but dear God, this is one good movie, and I'd watch it over and over again if it would help me sort it out.

Half the time, Ian and I were stuttering phrases like "But he...", "So if...", "But that's not...", "Could it be...?", just as you would in a magic show.

Things that I love about the movie:
- It stayed true to the quote that I placed at the beginning of this post. The whole movie DOES have a Pledge, a Turn and a Prestige.
- It all comes full circle when you get to the last part (presumably the "prestige" part of the movie)... or has it? ... See? I'm loving this more and more!
- We start out with a main character dying. Or do we?
- CHRISTIAN BALE AND HUGH JACKMAN. 'Nuf said.

I want to find the book this movie was based on and read it several times over so I can figure it out. There must be some clue in there that they missed in the movie version.

Needless to say, we are entranced.

Are you watching closely?

K's reaction in a nutshell (and in the vernacular):

ASTIIIIIIIG!!!! ^__^
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"A pirate without a sky."

- Balthier, FFXII


I think I have just found the line that belongs in my heart.

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Yep, Ian and I have been overloading on Final Fantasy XII recently and WE LOVE IT TO BITS!!!! Playing a game that is set in Ivalice is now making me ever so regretful that I haven't played FF Tactics. Not that FFXII can't stand on its own, mind you, but wouldn't it just be great to know all the in-jokes and the off-hand references? (like when we all cheered at the sight of Ribbons in Advent Children or at least knew what it was for?) On top of that, Ian has also warned me that Ivalice stories tend to be thicker than bread and heavier than pudding and from what I've seen so far, I'm starting to agree and I'm eager to know what happens next.

The dubbing and voice casting is also great and the script is just perfect (except for the slight dialogue mismatches from time to time).

And have I mentioned that Balthier gets the best lines? Ever? Well, not ALL the best lines, but I find myself wishing that I can mmorize any sentence that comes out of his mouth. What a charmer. Hehe.

More additions to my collection of Squeenix quotes, on top of Rikku's "I'm gonna kick you in the spleen!" in FFX-2.

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I'm currently wallowing neck-deep in Final Fantasy nostalgia as I've been listening to the FF soundtracks that I've downloaded in the office for more than usual (perfect for a stressful day, really), and earlier, I realized that I was actually getting choked up by listening to Auron's theme.

Oh, why am I such a sap for Squeenix and Nobuo-sama???

*K the fangirl runs away*

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By the way, starting Friday this week, I'll be working on mornings, from 7am up 'til 3pm. More time to go do stuff, I guess, like get myself an SSS ID card. Or play video games. Or go to the grocery...

Have I mentioned that I'm NOT a morning person...?

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