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The captain takes over. I’m all in this Feburary.

This week is a week after a grueling Preliminary Examinations week, results from these exams also came out with it, and it came out somewhat mixed, some exams I got high scores (even coming up on top in one of the exams), while others came out a little lower than expected. Fortunately, I passed in every subject I’m taking this prelims period. Including the two other major tests that we took this week.

But before the results came out, I did took time off from schoolwork for I was exhausted after those exams, where I did my best taking a good time away from the usual student routine by hanging out in different places, either on my own by hanging out at a Starbucks branch nearby or with my family in Greenhills to go to church and buy things. As well as getting myself a new haircut and use wax on my hair. Even to the point I’m not answering questions about schoolwork from my blockmates. Don’t forget the fact I’m filling up my planner with every day that pass by.

January is coming to an end, and February is inching closer with every day and every hour, and it’s going to be one busy month for me, as projects that are needed to be addressed will be done. Including two projects where I’m leading the way. Aside from those schoolwork that will be addressed, I will have a couple of competitions to end the school year. It will also be the last two competitions with the whole team (with two senior teammates before they graduate) which has been a great honor to have been their teammate, and the other one I will compete all by myself. So right now, I’m preparing myself for these competitions I will take on next month as well as savoring the moment of representing the school. Also, I have to think of some things to do when my blockmates and fellow batchmates go to Korea in the middle of the month, while I’m staying here in the Philippines.

I’m thankful for the opportunity I have been given over the past couple of months and I look to take every advantage and opportunity I can grasp on my hands today. I will do all the pursuits I am taking in my life with all my best and I will never stop in making a good name for myself.

“All the days that you wake up, you got one job, and that’s to get better every single day.” – Derrick Rose

Loaded up and all in for the tasks at hand.
K-Smoove

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Brand new year, life rolls on.

A new year has come upon us, as we are still fresh from the coming of the year 2013, aside from writing my weekly NBA blog on this blog entry, I have not written a blog entry outside of the NBA since the start of the year. So this is my first life story blog entry of the year. It has been long overdue, since I could not buy time to write a blog entry, especially with the busy schedule that I had in the past few weeks. Now that I have the time in the world to write this blog entry, let’s get to it.

As 2013 came along, only a few days remained on the Christmas break, So, I made the most of the short time remaining by doing important things. It was also during this time, when a huge weight on my shoulders was lifted, which was a great feeling for me, because I know I’ll be leaving all the heartbreak of 2012 behind me. Then three days into the new year, it was back to España, and I get to see my blockmates and my friends in school again as well as hang out with them during break time, and sometimes after classes. Of course

For the next few weeks, we had to scramble and work hard to get to all our requirements done both at home, in school and on the field. There were plenty of things to do once we came back in school, that is one of the reasons I have not been writing life story blog entries this year until today. 

Also, I made at a time the most difficult (in a sense horrible) decision I had to make in my entire life. When I decided I will not participate in the international tour we are going to have next month. It would have been my first time going out of the Philippines if I came along, however there were a lot of things I had to consider in that decision and it was not the destination I was aiming for. Fortunately, it had a silver lining, turns out it was a good call on my part, so my international travels that I aim for will have to wait. One day, I’ll be out exploring the world, but definitely, I have no plans of living outside my beloved homeland the Philippines.

Then came the Preliminary Examinations (Prelims) Week which happened this week, my prelims week lasted only three days from Monday until Wednesday, but we took one exam the week before, and there will be 2 more exams next week. Well, it was a mixed exams week, some were easy, others were just right, and of course there were some that were difficult that literally got D-Rose‘d. Also I had to bear the unforgivable mental lapse in some of the tests which cost me some points.

*D-Rose‘d remember when Derrick Rose tore his knee in last year’s NBA Playoffs, well that’s what I felt (not as if I broke my legs in a basketball game) after that test.

Well as a sports fan, it’s been a mixed start to my 2013, the Houston Rockets had a great start to 2013, but they‘re on a losing streak right now. The Texans lost to the Patriots in the NFL Playoffs, while my bet Rain or Shine got swept by Talk ‘n Text in the recently concluded PBA Finals. Well, it’s a long year, and there are plenty of things that will happen this year.

Also, early in the year, I tried having an ask.fm account, ask.fm is a new site where people ask people random questions whether it can be about sports, lovelife, life stories and everything else, at first it was good to have that account, however when the questions people wrote on my profile got more foul, I had to close my account forever. As the saying goes “Haters gonna hate.” and this has no connection with either Heat forward LeBron James nor singer/rapper Drake.

*Haters gonna hate. –A colloquial saying. It means that people who don’t like you will always find a reason to dislike you, no matter how stupid that reason may be. (from UrbanDictionary.com)

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As my planner for 2013, starts to fill up with stories I have so far over the course the year. Expect, that 2013 will be a great journey worth taking, it’s still early into the new year, and the journey rolls on.

The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.” – Mike Dooley

A fresh start is upon us.
K-Smoove

The last Frappuccino Happy Hour. I finish 4 for 5.

Photos ©Karl Carandang
Today is the final day of the promo of Starbucks called Frappuccino Happy Hour. Like I said in my previous blog, the price of Frappuccinos are discounted by 50%, so it was worth buying coffee on discounted prices, especially on a regular day it does cost a fortune. So I left home and went to a nearby Starbucks branch and I bought coffee not only for myself, but also for my little brother. I had it “To Go” so I can enjoy it at my home. I had the usual Coffee Jelly Frappuccino while I bought my little brother a Decaf Mocha Frappuccino. I was able to save P156 on these two cups of coffee. It could have cost me P310 if I bought these on a regular day. So at the end of the promo period, I’ve been on 4 of the 5 Frappuccino Happy Hour days from April 30 until today. I really took advantage of this promo they have to enjoy a cup of coffee on generous servings of Coffee Jelly.
As of the moment, I’m enjoying this cup of coffee. Like I said, today’s the last day. So if you want to take advantage of cheaper Frapps, head to a Starbucks branch near you before 6pm tonight when the promo ends.
Fueled by coffee.
K-Smoove

A 5′ 9.5” dude on a lazy Satuday says Thank You PEEPS! ;)

This is my 75th blog entry, we take a break from NBA action since there are no games today. So yes, my blog is swinging well. My Blogger blog is about to reach 2,000 views all-time, and my WordPress blog is about to reach 1,200 views all-time. While my “Some tips worth taking for our UST Freshies” blog entry on Blogger recently passed the 500 views mark, the WordPress version is nearing the 200 views mark. I also want to say Yo! to my 3 blog followers on Blogger and 14 blog followers on WordPress. If you have a Blogger and/or WordPress blog, please don’t forget to follow my blog. I follow back. Once the NBA season is over, expect more things about my life journey soon.

So yesterday, our family went for a physical examination at the clinic. We took a blood test, x-ray, cleaning of our teeth, and other physical tests. It was also on the examinations I found out that I’m 5 feet and 9.5 inches tall. I’m as tall as NBA player Nate Robinson (though I can’t jump as high as he is). I’m still hoping that I could get as high as 6 feet tall. But also, I needed to gain a little more weight to compensate my height spark. Like they say, It’s a free country, You can do what you want. I just remembered I used to be a chubby kid before the height spark came along. True enough, I came a long way from that time in my life.


I had another great time at Shakey’s, the food and the service was great like our previous visits and we love to come back again. On Tropical Bacon pizza, Mojos and rootbeer, I have one happy tummy.

I hope I can go back to Starbucks on the last day of the Frappuccino Happy Hour this coming Monday and take advantage once again of half-priced coffee. If that happens, I would be 4 for 5 on Frappuccino Happy Hour this year.

There is only 16 days left before I head back to school. I don’t have clear ideas of what to do to make these days count. But I’ll do my best to make it all worth it. Of course, I can’t wait to see my PEEPS in UST from my classmates, batchmates and other people around the university.

Once again, I thank the PEEPS for visiting my thought ladder since I returned to blogging last month, and I hope you come back to check on all my future posts here.

MAKE PEACE, NOT WAR.
K-Smoove

Today, I spent the whole afternoon with my bro. Taking the good life.

Starbucks put up a promo that began on my birthday April 30, and that is the Frappuccino Happy Hour where all Frappuccino products are at half-price every Monday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. So, today me and my bro German went for a trip down at a Starbucks branch nearby. Since I promised to treat him with coffee before. I thought today was a perfect opportunity to do so. It was the third time I took advantage of this promo. For German, it was is second time.

Photos ©Karl Carandang
We spent the entire afternoon enjoying our cups of Venti Frappuccino, Coffee Jelly for me, and Caramel for German. I saved a lot of money on these two cups of coffee. It saved me P165 if I bought it on a regular day. We talked a lot of things while we enjoyed our cups from our high school days to playing basketball, from life at the university to sharing a lot of life stories.
We have been “brothers” for about 4 years already since our days in high school at Claret School of Quezon City. He was a classmate of mine in my fourth year high school. It continues today as we study at the University of Santo Tomas taking different courses.

German, thanks for spending the entire afternoon with me. Let’s do it again, longer than today, with or without promos, with the rest of our friends, and see you around campus when classes begin. Come by my home soon if the time comes.
Brothers stand for each other, through every challenge.
K-Smoove