Wednesday, October 29, 2008


If not for the writer's strike last winter, we would be seeing the new HP installment next month. Instead, we have to content ourselves with another sneak peek of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film for it won't come out in theatres until summer of 2009.

Anyway, I'm re-reading the first 5 books again (sixth time, I think) and currently midway to the Goblet of Fire. I have until the 15th of November to finish the Order of the Phoenix because... I'll tell y'all about it soon. Basta, I can't wait for July!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

potpourri sa juice

As mentioned in my previous entry, Ketty and I, together with some friends, visited Birmingham recently. It is widely considered as UK's second city, after London. The city has a population of 1,006,500 or roughly the number of people in Manila's University Belt at lunchtime.

One of the major attractions of the city is the Bullring. A commercial area where people traded goods since the Middle Ages. One of the UK's largest shopping centres, and the busiest, can be found on site. Oh, the missus had a grand time!

The mall consists of two buildings. One of which is probably the most dramatic that I've seen. And photogenic too. Selfridges, currently occupies this building which is clad in 15,000 shiny aluminium discs and was inspired by a Paco Rabanne sequinned dress. When we visited the place, Ginger Spice was promoting her book. Ketty and I didn't see her but two of our friends even had photos with her.


Arguably the world's most popular pizza place is undergoing a major makeover. In my neighborhood, Pizza Hut is now Pasta Hut.


The missus is in Cambridge today with her colleagues from work. She told me she went punting when I rang her this afternoon. It was her second time there. I was with her back in March during St. Patrick's weekend but we didn't go punting then. It was raining and chilly too. We didn't think it was a good idea. So we hopped on the red double decker bus instead, which is probably the easiest (and laziest) way to explore a place. The tour lasted about an hour and covered pretty much the whole of the city centre. We even went to the American Cemetery.

I took this picture outside Clare Hall. I was was going to use it on an entry heralding Spring. Funny, I'm only posting it now in the Fall.


UST reprezent! My alma mater, together with 3 other Philippine institutions, is one of the world's top universities. Sweet!


Some people climb buildings without safety nets, others jump out of the tallest waterfalls, there are those who eat fire and then there's the Filipinos who do this. To everyone, please do not try this at home.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

queue to sin

Taken at Selfridge's in Birmingham last week. I couldn't resist the temptation and so I had to drag Ketty down the food court and waited in line for our turn. Sabi nga, if you can't beat them, join them.

Ang masarap na bawal.