Hard lesson learned about voter’s registration in the city.

Yesterday, I woke up as early as 3:30 am. I prepared the things I need, then at around 5:00 am, I left home. The destination: Quezon City Hall. Reason: To register for the upcoming 2013 Elections.

I arrived at City Hall and already, thousands of people have already settled in lining up for the voter‘s registration which will begin at 8:00 am. I also heard from fellow registrants that some people came in lined up as early as 11:00 pm, the previous night. So I settled in for the long wait. Well, I belong in what is at the moment is the largest congressional district in the country. The second district of Quezon City which has a population of 1.5 million people. However in the upcoming elections, the 2nd district will be split into three separate districts. Batasan Hills (where I belong), Commonwealth, Holy Spirit, Payatas and Bagong Silangan will remain in District 2 with the population reduced by 60% to around 600,000+, while the Fairview and Novaliches areas will become District 5, and the Tandang Sora area becomes District 6. Both districts will have over 400,000+ residents each. So there were a lot of people who lined up in our district unlike the other districts in the city because their voting populations are relatively smaller than in District 2, and the fact the lines for these districts are not too long as we had.

I was able to meet people who were there also taking a shot on getting registered for the upcoming elections. A few hours after I lined up, we were able to get close enough and had a view of the district office. I though I‘ll be able to register.

Then the worst happened. The security guard at the asked all of us to “GO HOME”. We would not be able to register today. There is a quota per district of only 600 registrants per day. Judging by the population of the district, it was too small as the voting population is four times greater than the other districts in the city. I never lost hope. I was still hoping to get the opportunity to register. But then, something happened that made me more pissed about registering on that day. 

The whole system was really poor! The people in the COMELEC office were very rude in dealing with the people, not minding the people’s causes. They could have told us to leave earlier if they knew that we were not going to make it through the line and we’ve not met the quota. They could have given us spots or numbers to register on a later date. Instead, they asked the people who did not make it through to simply GO HOME! and try your luck until the last day on the 31st.

Well it could also be a fault on my part, for not registering early when the lines were not long and when I had time in the summer. It’s just for most of the registration period after the summer, I was in school working through the everyday struggles of school life in and out of the university. I did not have plenty of spare time for other commitments outside of school work. It was unfortunate on my part, to register in a very huge district population-wise and not knew about the thousands of people were coming in for their registration.

Disappointed, well I can’t do anything to resolve it anymore. So afterwards, I went back to my high school Alma Mater. Claret School of Quezon City to take a glimpse of the campus. Took time to visit the church next door, and went out around Matalino Street and check on the different spots. A lot has changed there from the last time I was roaming this street.

For now, I won‘t be able to vote next year in the upcoming elections. I’m not going back on the last day tomorrow to push my luck to get registered, because I know a lot of people will come in the most inconvenient times of the day. Though, the upcoming election is not for a new president as only the senators and the local elections from representative to the city councilor will be elected next year. It was a hard and tough lesson learned for me. Despite that, I’d still have my voice to be heard about the upcoming elections. So, in the next election in 2016. I would come in to register as early as possible. I hope by that time, the COMELEC offices for the newly formed districts will be up so that the lines would not be as long as this year.

BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME!
K-Smoove

A new season is upon us.

After the craze of collegiate basketball in the Philippines has come and go for the year. As well as the continued battle for Philippine basketball supremacy in the PBA. Basketball never stops.

As another season of the world’s best basketball league is upon us. In a few days, the 2012-13 NBA season will begin and a lot of basketball fans from all over the world will be on watch once again as the best basketball players in the worldcompete for basketball supremacy.


In a lockout-shortened season. The Miami Heat, withstood the odds, as well the millions of “haters” who rooted for their demise all-season longas they were able to bring a second NBA title
to South Beachat the expense of the young Oklahoma City Thunder. Giving LeBron James his very first NBA title and a Finals MVP trophy to complement alongside his third season MVP trophy of his career as well as a Olympic Gold Medal which he won at the 2012 Summer Games in London accomplishing a feat that was also done by Michael Jordan in 1992. It also gave Dwayne Wade a second NBA title alongside Udonis Haslem who are the two members of the Heat who remain from the team that won the title in 2006.It also gave Chris Bosh his very first alongside LeBron, Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Norris Cole and other players their first NBA titles.

The off-season also saw a lot of player movement,
here are some to name a few:

  • Dwight Howard and Steve Nash leave Orlando and Phoenix respectively to done the purple and gold of the Los Angeles Lakers.  
  • Jeremy Lin taking “Linsanity” from New York to the Houston for the Rockets where memories of Yao Ming are still fresh on the heads of Rockets fans.
  • Ray Allen leaving Beantown for South Beach to play for the Heat.
  • Andrew Bynum leaving Tinsletown to play in Philly for the 76ers.
  • Andre Igoudala heading to the Mile High City to play for the Nuggets.
  • Joe Johnson leaving the ATL to play with the new-look and newly-relocated Brooklyn Nets.
  • Jason Terry taking his talents from Dallas to Boston for the Celtics.
  • Jason Kidd also left Dallas, this time to play for the Knicks in New York.
  • Luis Scola leaving Houston to play for the Suns in Phoenix.
  • OJ Mayo, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand and Darren Collisonheading to Big D to play for the Mavericks.
  • Jamal Crawford going to the Clippers from Portland.
  • Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields heading north of the border for the Raptors.
  • Most Improved Player Ryan Anderson as well as Robin Lopez going to the Big Easy for the Hornets.
  • And more recently, reigning Sixth Man of the Year James Harden as well as 3 other playersheading to the Rockets from the reigning West Champions OKC Thunder for Kevin Martin and rookie Jeremy Lamb.
We also players, make their returns back into the NBA, as well as players returning to their former teams. Here are some notable returns:
  • Brandon Roy who retiredat the end of the 2011 season returns to action. This time, he will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • Andrei Kirilenko also joins the Timberwolves after playing in Europe.
  • Goran Dragic returns to the Phoenix Suns after spending a season and a half in Houston.
  • Lamar Odom returns to the Los Angeles Clippers after a disappointing year in Dallas.
  • Mo Williams returns to the Utah Jazz, the team that drafted him to the NBA.
  • Raymond Felton returning to the New York Knicks from Portland.
  • Kirk Hinrich returns to the Chicago Bulls after playing in Atlanta.
  • and here’s a shocker for me. Rasheed Wallace comes out of retirement to play for the New York Knicks.

The rookie class of 2012 is also to watch out. Looking forward is the #1 overall pick in the draft for the New Orleans Hornets in Anthony Davis and his famous “unibrow” teaming up withthe #10 pick in Austin Rivers (son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers) leading the cause in the Big Easy. Also to watch out is the #2 pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in Charlotte, #3 pick Bradley Beal for the Wizards, #4 pick Dion Waiters in Cleveland, #7 pick Harrison Barnes in Golden State, #9 pick Andre Drummond for the Pistons. Also look out for sleepers in Thomas Robinson, Jeremy Lamb, Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones III to name a few good rookies.

 
With these in mind here are some games to look out for, and also if available I‘ll also give out the channels to watch here in the Philippines. All dates and times in PHT (Philippine Time) and are subject to change.
 
Opening Day October 31, 2012:
 
Celtics @ Heat, 8:00 am PHT on Basketball TV
Championship Ceremony for the Miami Heat
 
Mavericks @ Lakers, 10:30 am PHT on ABS-CBN
The season debut of the new-look Lakers
 
November 1, 2012 (Halloween Day in the US):
Spurs @ Hornets, 8:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV.
Anthony Davis makes season debut for the young Hornets against Tim Duncan and the veteran Spurs.
 
November 2, 2012:
Knicks @ Nets, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV
Another crosstown rivalry is born in New York City.
 
Thunder @ Spurs, 9:30 am PHT
Rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals

December 18, 2012:
Rockets @ Knicks, 8:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
Jeremy Lin returns to New York as a member of the Rockets.
 
December 26, 2012 (Christmas Day in the US):
Celtics @ Nets, 1:00 am PHT
Atlantic Division rivarly renewed.
 
Knicks @ Lakers, 4:00 am PHT
Kobe and the loaded Lakers vs Melo and the revitalized Knicks
 
Thunder @ Heat, 6:30 am PHT
The first game between last season’s finalists.
 
January 18, 2013:
Heat @ Lakers, 11:30 am PHT on Basketball TV
LeBron vs Kobe. A possible match-up for the NBA title.
 
January 28, 2013:
Heat @ Celtics, 2:00 am PHT (most likely delayed telecast on ABSCBN)
Ray Allen’s return to Boston.
 
January 31, 2013:
Lakers @ Suns, 11:30 am PHT
Steve Nash returns to Phoenix as a Laker.
 
February 8, 2013:
Lakers @ Celtics, 9:00 am PHT on Basketball TV
You can’t miss the greatest rivalry in NBA history.
 
February 11, 2013:
Lakers @ Heat, 4:30 am PHT (most likely delayed telecast on ABS-CBN)
LeBron vs Kobe Part II

February 15, 2013 (Valentine’s Day Game in the US):
Heat @ Thunder, 9:00 am PHT on Basketball TV
The Heat return to OKC against the team they beat for the title.
 
February 16-18, 2013:
2013 NBA All-Star Weekend from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
 
March 21, 2013:
Heat @ Cavaliers, 7:00 am PHT
LeBron returns to Cleveland as a champion.
 
April 8, 2013:
Lakers @ Clippers, 3:30 am PHT (most likely delayed telecast on ABS-CBN)
LA’s cross-town rivalry one last time for the year.
 
Also you have to consider these two guys returning to the the court from injuries.
Derrick Rose’s return: TBD
Ricky Rubio‘s return: TBD
 
You can check the full TV schedule of NBA games to be shown in the Philippines on this link and there are good games to look forward to: http://www.nba.com/schedules/international_nba_tv_schedule.html
 


I‘m hoping a great season for the Red Nation of the Houston Rockets. I cannot wait to see the recently formed “Rush Hour” duo of Jeremy Lin and James Harden. A lot of young players on a completely overhauled Rockets roster this season. I’m hoping that they can get back to the playoffs for the 1st time since 2009. The sky is the limit for these Rockets. Indeed, A NEW AGE has begun for Rockets basketball.

Note: Jeremy Lamb (center right) is now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder after being traded as part of the deal which brought James Harden to Houston.


For the Rockets, first game is against the Pistons in Detroiton November 1. While their home-opener will be against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 4. (*Dates are in Philippine Time)

So I like to say the best of luckto all the players, coaches as well as the fans of the other 29 teams of the NBA. This season will be more exiting to look forward to.


THIS SEASON WILL BE BIG!

K-Smoove

Tiger to a Knight: "I feel you."

For all the marbles. For championship #17. For the history books. It all came down on one game at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum. An old rivalry renewed as archrivals squared off once again in the hard court. It‘s the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights battled against the reigning champions the San Beda Red Lions. BLUE against RED. San Beda and Letran once again in the big stage. Let’s get to it!

Photo ©Karl Carandang
This is the very first NCAA game I got to watch live and living up to the history between these two proud institutions both the Letran and San Beda faithful at the Big Dome were all out cheering for their schools at the same time jeering on their opponents. One thing was, security guards were “demarcation lines” between the Letran and San Beda sides of the Big Dome because of the heated rivalry and the history of brawls between members from both institutions. I was seated on the Letran side of the court since I was with one of my former professors in UST who is now teaching at Letran.
 
In the game however, it was completely a one-sided affair from the get-go until the end of the game as the Red Lions had full control of the game from start to finish. 
In the first quarter, the Red Lions led the Knights 10-18 even if San Beda’s Nigerian import Ola Adeogun was plagued with foul trouble as San Beda’s backcourt of Baser Amer and Anjo Caram caught fire for the Mendiola-based cagers. It was still manageable for the Knights, however the Red Lions doubled the Knights’ output in the by halftime with the score of 34-17. At halftime, only San Beda’s cheering squad were able to perform as Letran’s cheering squad was banned to perform in Game 3 for breaking an NCAA rule for half-time performances. Despite that, the Letran faithful on hand managed to find a way to pump themselves up even though the deficit by their team was huge. Once the third quarter began, the Knights came up swinging as they were able to cut the deficit to 11. Unfortunately for them, they were not able to sustain their momentum and the Red Lions took full advantage of Letran’s sloppy game as they took a 45-25 lead heading into the fourth quarter where they never looked back. Well, I never got to finish the game, because with less than 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter and San Beda. Me and my old prof left the arena for good knowing the game was already decided. We couldn’t bear the burden of witnessing a lopsided defeat. By the time the game was done the Red Lions secured their second three-peat in 7 years and the score was not even close:
 
San Beda 67-39 Letran
Box Score:
Letran (39) – Cruz 12, K. Alas 11, Cortes 6, Racal 3, Almazan 3, J. Alas 2, Almario 2, Belorio 0, Gabawan 0, Luib 0, Cudal 0
San Beda (67) – Caram 17, Amer 14, J. Pascual 10, Adeogun 6, dela Rosa 5, Koga 4, K. Pascual 4, Mendoza 2, Abarcar 2, Ludovice 2, dela Cruz 1, Bonsubre 0, Lim 0, Villaruz 0, Moralde 0
With their 6th championship in 7 years. San Beda overtakes Letran for the most number of men’s basketball championships at 17. Sophomore guard Baser Amer won the Finals MVP trophy for the Red Lions which is his first in his collegiate career after winning two Finals MVP trophies for the Red Cubs in 2009 and 2010. It was also rookie coach Ronnie Magsanoc’s first championship as a head coach in the collegiate ranks. Magsanoc took over from then head coach Frankie Lim who was handed a 2 year ban by the NCAA the previous season. It is also a sweet ending for the three graduating players for San Beda namely Anjo Caram, Jake Pascual and Melo Lim. As Caram and Pascual leave the Red Lions with four championships while Lim earned three championships. Just like in Katipunan this year, there will be a Bonfire for a third straight seasonat Mendiola today.
Apparently, in all years of my collegiate life so far. It has been the same champion from first year until today in the UAAP and NCAA. In the UAAP it’s Ateneo and in the NCAA it’s San Beda. I hope by next season there will be a new champion in both leagues. I have nothing against Ateneo and San Beda, yet it’s time for a change.
Also with the win, the San Beda Red Lions clinch a spot in the Final Four in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League as they are joined by the UAAP Champions Ateneo Blue Eagles. The other two teams who will complete the Final Four will be the winners of the Metro Manila/Luzon bracket and the Visayas/Mindanao bracket.
As for the Letran Knights, it was a valiant effort from them this season.Outside of the players, the coaching staff and the whole Letran community, nobody expected the Knights to enter the Finals. They even started the season bad. But were able to bounce back and make it back to the Final Four with the #3 seed. In the Final Four, they defeated the San Sebastian Golden Stags twice to punch their ticket to the NCAA Finals. In the Finals, they pushed the Red Lions to a decisive third game. However, their dream run came to a bitter end as theylost Game 3 in a lopsided game which makes it look like a game in the elimination round more than a Finals game.
This was also the final game for two players of the Knights as Jam Cortes and Jonathan Belorio will end their collegiate careers without a championship. 
Today also marked the final game for Letran head coach Louie Alas who announced his resignation after the game. Alas called the shots for the Knights since 1998 where he won a championship in his rookie season as head coach as well as two more championships with the Knights (2003 and 2005). So I give a big salute for the man who was not even an alumnus of Letran (Alas came from Adamson University) as he brought glory to the Muralla-based squad in his 12 seasons as coach for the Knights.
THANK YOU COACH LOUIE!
Also another guy from Letran whose future is uncertain is Coach Louie’s son Kevin who is the “heart and soul” of the Knights and the main reason for Letran’s magical run to the Finalsas he is pondering on whether to return to the Knights on his final playing year next season or not at the heels of the immediate departure of his father as head coach of the Knights.
 
Well, Letran suffered the same fate as the UST this year, both are Dominican institutions who made it to the finals of their respective leagues but both teams were unable to bring home the championship. Both Letran and UST fought opponents with a lot of experience when it comes to the finals. Both teams played their hearts and gave all their own on the harcourt.Both institutions suffered from painful defeats in their bid for championships. Both lost against apparently “Manny V. Pangilinan-backed institutions” (San Beda is MVP’s Alma Mater, while he supported Ateneo until this season when he severed his ties with the university). I even got to say to my former professor’s current students in Letran whom we caught up after the game: “I feel you.” As a fellow Dominican, both Thomasians and Letranites shared the same feeling. However, I believe both the Tigers and Knights will be back even better next season.
An interesting note, in the PCCL, there will be a “Battle of the Dominicans as the runner-up in the NCAA, the Letran Knights will face the runner-up in the UAAP,the UST Growling Tigers to determine one of the two teams who will compete in the Finals of the Metro Manila/Luzon bracket.
 
Meanwhile in Bacolod City, our heroes the UST Growling Tigers faced off once again, against the Ateneo Blue Eagles at the Sandugo Unigames. The game went into overtime, however the Growling Tigers fell short as hometown hero Clark Bautista missed a potential game winning three pointer as they lost to the Blue Eagles 56-58.
So that ends another season of NCAA Basketball.
Once again, Congratulations to the San Beda Red Lions for their second three-peat in 7 years.
Congratulations as well to the Letran Knights for a valiant effort all season long. They literally came back from the grave at the bottom of the standings to make it back to the Finals.
Until next season.
 
Arriba Letran!
Animo San Beda!
K-Smoove

For the love of the game.

Yes as you may know and see on most of my blog posts. I always talk about basketball. Well, basketball is my favorite sport as stated in my previous blog entry from last April (Me and my basketball. We take it all the way.),when I have free time, I always take to the basketball court and work on my skills. I have come a long way from the time I started playing basketball when I was a little kid. The semestral break has given me the time to get out every morning to play basketball and do some jogging afterwards. Playing a sport is a good exercise. Especially I badly need to get activity going into my body system.

For three!
 
Today, I played basketball at the UP Gym with a few of my friends from my high school troupe, it’s the first time we played basketball again after we graduated three years back. Unfortunately, not every one were able to come due to other commitments. We spent a good portion of more than 2 hours inside the gym. I’m impressed that my friends improved their basketball skills from the last time we played together. I played my best, even my friends saw a bit of change from me since the last time we played. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a smooth ride for me. I “flamed” out and was not able to put my best effort in the ballgame. My shots weren’t falling and I was playing bad defense. Well, fatigue is my worst enemy when playing the game. I always get exhausted quickly. So whenever we play a regular game I would like to come off the bench and not play as a starter. Still, I would like to thank my friends JL, Gelo, Baña, Josh, Hansel (Gelo’s classmate) and JC (Josh’s friend) for spending the afternoon playing hoops.
 
I hope the next time we play hoops, the whole troupe will be there. For now, it’s back to the drawing board for me, and I’ll be back on the court soon to practice and improve my skills once again.

Playing for the love of the game.

K-Smoove

The toughest one yet. Aiming for a comeback.

Yesterday, the “mad scramble rolled along as thousands of Thomasian students took to their computer sets to check on their grades for the 1st semester of AY 2012-13 on the myUSTe Portal. Some students stayed up well into the night of Friday until the early hours of yesterday to check on the grades. For the next 12 or so hours, there were no updates of the grades. At around 1:00 pm, the first round of students were able to check on their grades. Unlike the previous semester, where access was relatively smooth. It was a mixed theme this semester, for some people were able to access quicker than others. Some had to wait for a long time before they get their chance on the site. Generally, my friends had positive outlooks on their grades. Some excelled, while others were happy they made it through. However, there were some who had a difficult time in dealing with their grades.

As for me, well it was a case of “Thank God! I survived!. Well because, I did not return to the Dean’s List for a second consecutive semester and this was the lowest semestral average I got in my last five semesters in UST. Yet despite those setbacks, I never failed any subject thus I keep my status as a regular student
. I have not tasted a grade of 3.0 (on-the-nose passed) so far in any of the subjects I have taken, and I’m still in the running to graduate with honors. 

I admit, this semester was the toughest one so far in my España journey
. Because it came to a point where I almost failed a couple of subjects, and the fact that the semester tested me both on and off the classroom. A notable happening was when I played the role of a “Devil‘s Adovcate” in the conceptualization of our event for one of our subjects where I got into arguments with my blockmates and to points during the whole process that tested each and every one of us to the limit. Yet despite these things that happened, it ended successfully and we were all given high marks for it. A thing about this semester is that I excelled in some subjects more than others. These things happened because of my own decisions and work. I gave my heart and mind into everything that happened this semester. These were the best things that I can do and there is nothing I can do to turn it back again.

Five semesters down, three more to go. We’re coming to the conclusion of our own España journey. All I need to do now is to get enrolled for the next semester and as soon as I get back to continue my journey at the university, I’m going to aim for a BIG COMEBACK!
Next semester for sure will be a challenge for each and every one of us, I‘ll be coming in smarter to get back stronger.But that is easier said than done. It’s on me to make it all happen. I’m hungry and more determined than ever to come back smarter and stronger.

In the meantime, I can now sleep at peace for the rest of our semestral break and enjoy life free from tons of school work and the hassles of waking up early to get to school.


Once again CONGRATULATIONS
to those whoexcelledat the same time to those who are happy they made it through the struggles of school life.

A pat to the back to those who were not so fortunate with the results.
Keep the faith and come back next time stronger!


#thecomeback

K-Smoove

Let the "grades blitz" begin.

In a couple of hours from the time I‘m writing this blog entry, thousands of Thomasians will take to their computer sets, open their internet browsers and once again browse through the myUSTe Student Portal Website.

myUSTe Student Portal


As you may know already, the myUSTe Student Portal is where thousands of Thomasian students check their status in the university which includes their grades from every semester they took up, Wi-Fi account status, class schedules, course offerings, online evaluations as well as online enrollment.

Last semester, browsing through the website when the grades came out was relatively easy as students were able to see their grades much faster. I got to see my grades in less than a minute after I logged in to check out my grades.

Unlike in previous years, where the site always crash and students would have to wait from minutes to hours before they can pull through the heavy site traffic which the site can not handle back in those times to log in and see their grades.

A new feature that can be seen in the website is called Student Deficiencies. It shows the subjects a student has yet to take in order to graduate at the university. If a current subject you are taking shows up on the list. It could mean a couple of things, it’s either you fail, you’re incomplete, or the professor has yet to encode your grades.

As of this moment I write this blog entry, the GWA (General Weighted Average) of some of my Thomasian PEEPS had already changed, most notable would be from Pharmacy. So the grades are starting to be placed into the website.

So here we are once again. The long wait is over, our España journeys are on the line. Right now, all I can hope for is to PASS all subjects and still be a regular student. Being back in the Dean’s List (which I was a part for the first 3 semesters of my Thomasian student life) will be a bonus for me if Ill ever be back. But still I’m pursuing to finish with Latin Honors. A Cum Laude will be good enough for me. But as I say this, I believe that grades do not measure how good a person can be in life.

As I end this blog entry, I want to say to all the Thomasians out there, Good luck! and I hope we get through with flying colors.

KEEP CALM AND WE WILL PASS!
K-Smoove 

We are well under way. Take out the boredom.

We are well within the semestral break which will last for the next 3 weeks. It’s an opportunity for the students to take their well-deserved rest after a grueling yet fun first semester of classes. It’s also gives students who live in the provinces to come home to their respective hometowns after living in dormitories or condominiums all-semester long.


For me, my semestral break did not start early. As I had to finish some schoolwork that has been left behind after the final examinations. Due to this, I was unable to go back to our province of Batangas to visit my relatives, celebrate the debut of my cousin and spend time in a resort by the Taal Lake and has a great view of Taal Volcano. After that, once I passed everything. My semestral break is now well under way.

Of course, the semestral break gave me an opportunity to do things that I was unable to do during the whole semester due to the busy schedule I have all semester long, and that was to play basketball early in the morning or take a jog if other people are playing at the basketball court. It gave me an opportunity to practice my shooting from inside and outside, at the same time it keeps my body active and in good shape. I really hope I can play basketball with my high school friends. It has been a very long time since I stepped on the court with my friends from high school.

Aside from that, I really hope in this semestral break, I can secure an original copy the PC version of NBA 2K13.

 ©2K Sports
I’m pursuing an original copy, because the last time I purchased which was NBA 2K12. There were a lot of glitches which stalled my progress as I played the game. Though it will be a pain on the pocket if I purchase an original copy. At least, it would be all worth the price. I cannot wait to try out Linsanity playing Rockets uniform. The many roster changes like Dwight Howard and Steve Nash going to the Lakers. Ray Allen in a Heat uniform. Brandon Roy’s return to the NBA and many more. Other things I want to try are the NBA All-Star Game which will be played in Houston. “The Dream Team” and the 2012 USA Olympic Team. The new myTeam mode as well as a reloaded myPlayer mode. NBA 2K has already made a lot of huge steps, from the time they were behind EA’s NBA Live series to being the best basketball game on the planet. I can’t wait to try it out for myself.
 
In the meantime, I will go back to being a child again, because of the Lego Digital Designer we just downloaded to build virtual Lego designs. However, nothing beats building a Lego in real life with the bricks and pieces. Well, The Lego Story on YouTube, shows the history behind a classic.
 
Aside from these, I cannot wait for the the upcoming 2012-13 NBA season, which will begin onOctober 31. This season will be very interesting from the many roster changes that had changed the landscape of the NBA to the new rookies coming into the league. It will also be the debut season of the Brooklyn Nets who moved from New Jersey and are donning new uniforms and a new stadium for the season. Games to watch out are the returns of players to the homecourts of their old teams like Dwight Howard in Orlando. Steve Nash in Phoenix. Ray Allen in Boston. Joe Johnson in Atlanta. Jeremy Lin in New York. Andre Iguodala in Philadelphia. Andrew Bynum in Los Angeles. Brandon Roy in Portland and a host of other players who changed teams this season. Also to watch out are the many rivalry gamesthat will happen all-season long. As well as the returns of injured players in the middle of the season like Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard and Ricky Rubio. As well as the upcoming 2013 NBA All-Star Game to be held in Houston. This upcoming season will be a sure hit.
 
It’s been a couple of days since the semestral break began. I really hope I can make the best out of these days before we head back to school this November.
 
Let’s make the best out of this.
K-Smoove