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Windup of the summer. The Final Push begins.

Summer 2013, arguably the last summer vacation I’ll experience as a student is in it’s conclusion. It’s been one nice summer for me. Going to different places like Subic Bay, Antipolo and Batangas to discover good places and have a good time exploring in the open road. I also got the chance to earn some cash along the way with some side jobs I took, my birthday coming along at the end of April, hanging out with my friends in places like SM and TriNoma, and the never ending watch of the 2013 NBA Playoffs as my team the Houston Rockets made a nice but short-lived run in the playoffs including a win in a do or die game on my birthday. Aside from the Rockets, it’s been a nice playoffs with upsets and great matchups from the 1st round to the Conference Finals. As we know it will be a great conclusion to the East Finals as the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat will battle for the right to face the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals

I also got to meet members of Red Nation (Fans of the Houston Rockets FYI) from all over the world from those living in Texas who are arguably the proudest members of Red Nation in the entire world, as well as those from other places around the world, places like Australia, Taiwan (Jeremy Lin nation), even Norway which my friend there told me has not much of a basketball following like we have here in the Philippines. More on the Rockets, I can’t wait for them to come over to the Philippines to play a pre-season game here when they and the Pacers play this October 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. I will not miss the opportunity to meet the Rockets players like James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik, Patrick Beverley and who knows they could bring in a big name in the free agency. Well it will also be fun to meet the Pacers, players like Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert, George Hill and the rest of this team who have gone all the way to the East Finals against the defending champions and have a shot at going to the NBA Finals.

Well, summer is winding down and “The Final Push” will begin in hours time. The España journey will continue. Two more semesters to work on to complete the mission, a semester of thesis and a semester of practicum. I am as determined as anyone to FINISH STRONG in this last push of my school life before heading out to the field and get a job somewhere along the line. Of course, it will be the last semester I will get to see my blockmates on a regular basis since we’ll be off to different ways come the time we take our practicum so I have to make each moment count. 

The journey is about to end, and after it another one begins. It will be one hell of a ride for sure. But just like what I have been doing for the past three years. I’ll sit back and enjoy the moments while it lasts. SENIOR YEAR in the words of Mike Goldberg, HERE WE GO!

I also would like to take a moment to remember my CTHM batchmate who passed away last Thursday, John Sinas. Though I never got to meet him more in person when he was around. It’s still tough on the heart to see a batchmate pass away early in his life. We hope you are in a better place man in the heaven’s above and we will see you again when the time comes.

THE FINAL PUSH STARTS NOW!
K-Smoove

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Afternoon out after a long time.

Yesterday, I decided to go out of home to relax in a different place as well as to beat the scorching summer HEAT in our home. Originally, I was supposed to go out alone. Yeah I’m an ambivalent person, and I’m proud to say that. But, one of my best friends from grade school Raphael reminded me about having our next meet up when I have free time to burn. So yeah, we pushed through with the plan.

I went early to SM North EDSA to enjoy a nice coffee drink at Starbucks as I waited for him to finish his classes. Then at around 2pm, he arrived and we went on to do a lot of things. We played 2 hours worth of NBA 2K13 at Cyberzone. Then we went next door to TriNoma to eat at Sbarro. Along the way, we did a ton of catching up to do and tell stories about what has been happening with our own lives, the NBA, racing, anime, tech, as well as look back to the memories when we were still classmates and the past reunions afterwards. We spent the whole afternoon as well into the nightbefore we went home by taking a diversionary route to Cubao via the MRT since the terminal along TriNoma was packed up to the max since it was rush hour, before we took the ride back home and went our own ways.

It was nice seeing him again, after a very long time. We had great memories together as classmates as well as great friends afterwards. Though it would have been better if our friend Dominique who’s now in Ireland return home. So come home soon homie! We‘re gonna have a good one when you come back here in the Philippines. So thanks for the time and we’ll see each other again soon.

A break from it all.
K-Smoove

My homies for life.

Yesterday, I spent time with the MERALCO PEEPS on the birthday of one of our own, Gelo. Where for the last three years has been the unofficial” reunion party of the entire troupe. However, unlike previous years. Not every one was there as most of the troupe were having jobs during the summer time. It all happened in the afternoon at Dulcinea in Tomas Morato as we joined the other guests from his Thomasian friends (we‘re both in UST, but on different programs), and his family.

We spent time catching up with what‘s happening with our lives. Even to the point, we rant on each other including how I‘m always left out of the picture or the other things we pick on with someone from our troupe. It proves that sometimes, people never change. Even with all that’s been happening in our own lives since we took our own paths in college, the feeling is still the same. I got to admit, I was mostly silent for most of the afternoon. Because, I don’t have much stories to tell I have to say. Still, I’m always thankful to have them as company.

Photo ©Aldrin Dayauon


It was only for a short amount of time though as we never went way further into the night since we went our separate ways into the night. It made me think about next year when I hope to bring them in on my birthday and do something about it. I won’t do it this year though since like I‘ve been saying time and time again. I’m saving up on the ticket for the Rockets-Pacers pre-season game this October.

So once again, I‘ll thank the birthday dude Gelo for having us over again on his birthday this year. As well as to the MERALCO PEEPS who were there: Aldrin (the orginizer” as he created the event page on Facebook), JL, Quinn, Edison, Nur, Josh, Philip, Airam, Jolly and Siops. I hope to see you guys again soon as well as the other MERALCO PEEPS who weren’t with us yesterday.

Thankful for these great men.
K-Smoove

Smacked in the middle of my favorite month of the year.

Well, it‘s the 15th of April. We‘re right in the middle of my favorite month of the year and the weather just keeps getting hotter with each day that pass bywhich means we’re right in the middle of the summer vacation. Well, I’ve been into a lot of places along the way from places within the Metro like Makati and SM North EDSA to hang out with the family, and to places outside of it like Batangas and Los Baños to grab some fresh air and relax. I also got my salary for the sideline job I did at the start of the month, and I’m happy I got more than what we bargained for in this job as I’m saving up for the upcoming NBA preseason game between my favorite team the Houston Rocketsand the Indiana Pacers here in the Philippines this October 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. I’ve been waiting to see the Rockets play a game since I became a member of Red Nation in 2002 when Yao Ming came to Houston. This is a chance to see them play without having to leave the country and go to Texas to watch a Rockets home game (I’ll still be aiming for it soon.) To see guys like James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsonsand Omer Asik to name some will be worth all the marbles.

Photo ©NBA Philippines
 
Speaking of the NBA, watch out for my regular season ending blog coming up on the final day of the 2012-13 NBA regular season this Thursday as we also prepare you for the upcoming 2013 NBA Playoffs. We know that the 8 playoff teams out East are complete with the defending champions Heat, together with the Knicks, Pacers, Nets, Hawks, Bulls, Celtics & Bucks. While the Lakers and Jazz are fighting for the last spot out West to join the Thunder, Spurs, Nuggets, Clippers, Grizzlies, Rockets & Warriors in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Yes! My team, the Rockets are back in the Playoffs since 2009. I hope they’ll have a nice playoff run especially these are still young guns.
 
Also, I got to watch WrestleMania 29 on television. Unlike last year at WrestleMania XXVIII, where there was a free screening at TriNoma in Quezon City on the day itself. We had to settle for the delayed telecast on Studio 23.
 
Photo ©WWE
 
Well as more of a member of Cenation than Team Bring It. I was happy that John Cena defeated The Rock in their rematch for Rock’s WWE Championship where we saw a ton of finishers from the Rock Bottom (Cena himself pulled off one of his own), the Attitude Adjustment, The People’s Elbow, the STF, the Sharpshooter. Though Cena would suffer from the wrath of Ryback on the Raw afterwards. Also Triple H saved his career by defeating Brock Lesnar in a No Holds Barred match. While The Undertaker goes 21-0 at WrestleMania after beating CM Punk. Alberto del Rio retaining the World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger (Del Rio would lose it to Dolph Ziggler who cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Raw). Fandango shocking the world by beating Chris Jericho and leaving fans crazy on his theme song. Team Hell No retaining their Tag Team titles against Ziggler and Big E Langston as the crowd chanted “Yes! Yes! Yes!” on their victory. Mark Henry beating Ryback, but Ryback had the last laugh. As well The Shield beating Sheamus, Randy Orton and The Big Show, afterwards Show turned against Orton and Sheamus knocking them both out.
 
Yes, we’re halfway into my favorite month of the year, and we’re closing in on my favorite day of the year where I’ll grow old a bit more. I still don’t have any plans for that day. But I’ll figure something out soon. As I write some more with the planner I have as well as adding songs to my music playlist, look for our camera which has been lost for more than a month right now, write when our internet connection just came back, looking back at some of the great memories of a lifetime, saying you miss a ton of people along the way, and look for someone to play basketball with. Let us be remind ourselves to savor each moment that comes into our lives.
 
On one final note which has been long overdue. Once again, Congratulations to the CTHM Batch 2013 on their graduation last April 4, especially to my very talented and very smart quiz bee teammates Ate Marian Buenaventura who finished Magna Cum Laude and Ate Kriskyn Cabrera who finished Summa Cum Laude and the best student of the batch. I’ll miss you a ton as teammates but you both will leave a legacy which I will continue together with the team we’ll form next school year.
 
Taking life, one day at a time.
K-Smoove

Went off the grid for a few days to reflect.

Last week, was the Holy Week. It’s that time of the year when Catholics living in the metropolis either go back to their respective provinces or stay within the metropolis to not get into the traffic rush with the massive exodus involved. In our part, we went out of the metro on Holy Thursday and went back to our home province and went to my mother’s hometown of Ibaan, Batangas. We left on a Thursday since it wasn’t a holiday from Monday to Wednesday so our parents were working. It‘s been awhile since we came back in town and we stayed in for the first time in a very long time in the Ol’ Blue House which was the home of my grandparents on the mother’s sideand have not been used for a long time since no one permanently resides in the house, unlike the home of my grandparents on my father’s side. It was the time for me to “get off the grid” for awhile and make a Lent sacrifice. Yes, since the house is not inhabited for most of the year. It was like a time capsule with some of the things left untouched with both old and modern features in it from old television sets to a new dining table as well as air conditioners.

On Holy Thursday, as soon as we arrived in Ibaan at the Ol’ Blue House late in the morning. The whole family went into clean-up mode as we cleaned the entire house to prepare for the coming of our other relatives the following day. By around 6pm. We were all down for the night and closed the house for we spent the entire resting.

Then came Good Friday, our other relatives arrived in Ibaan for an overnight on town. We continued with a little bit of cleaning-up and spend time together. I eventually ended up resting the whole afternoon cause the effects of cleaning duty we did was being felt during that time. When I woke up, it was almost night time, in time for the processionheld around town as we witnessed a couple of figures as well as a glass coffin with Jesus Christ in it signifying that Christ has died. Then along the nightime, we were all outside of home reflecting as the townspeople were singing throughout the night until around 11pm. Afterwards, we all went in for one final night.

On Black Saturday, we packed our things, fixed some of the things inside the house, and we left the Ol’ Blue House and the town of Ibaan back to the metropolis and celebrate Easter Sundayback in Manila.

It was indeed a great time to reflect over the past year as well as get close to God during the Holy Week. It was also good to “get off the grid” for a couple of days, where I didn’t go online and surf the internet. I hope we’ll get back to the Ol’ Blue House very soon.

Getting off the grid for once in a while is worth the sacrifice.
K-Smoove

Remember I aimed for a comeback, guess what? I’M BACK!

It came out earlier than expected, it caught people off guard. As the grades for the second semester of the school year came out hours before the announced release date which was tomorrow. I was fortunate enough to be one of the first who were able to get in and glimpse on my grades. As it turns out, like any other semester. Some of the people who got to access their grades were happy with their grades while others had a tough time dealing with them. As of this time of writing, some of the people had been unable to get into the site to view their grades. Don’t worry guys! You’ll get through soon enough.

As for me, remember when I wrote in one of my previous blog entries that I was aiming for a comeback. Well guess what, ladies and gentlemen. IM BACK! Back on the Dean’s List, after missing the cut for the last two semesters. It turned out that I had the second best semesterin the six semesters I have finished at USTgrades wise I should say because this semester was the best one for me as stated in one of my recent blog entries. It was also the first time I got flat one grades in two subjects for a semester, and I have once again, not tasted a grade of 3.0 in any subject. But hey, I was worried with one of those subjects I took. Also, my GWAwent up by a small bit, thus improving my chances to graduate with honors.

Well, the semester lived up to its name as the toughest semester for a Travel Management student. But for me, aside from dealing with the everyday challenges of a student at school. I also had to deal with competing outside of the university. I did very well in majority of my subjects due to all the hard work and dedication I gave into coming back better during the semester. From our Feasibility Study which gave us sleepless nights to our other classes like Statistics, Tour Packaging, TTOM, Tour English, among others. However despite these success stories I had this semester, there were some letdowns that came along. Including the result of our Galileo Certification Exam for our Galileo course which came out the previous day. Despite preparing for this examination, long before we took the course this semester, I was unable to claim the Galileo certificate as I came up short on the required score on the examination to get it. However, I passed the course. That was my silver lining for not getting the certificate. As they say, You can’t win always. Despite some of these setbacks, all that’s important is that I‘M BACK, BACK with a BANG!

Six semesters down, two more left in the España journey. Our Junior Year is officially done, and now we’ll usher in our Senior Year. The “3” in 3T5 will now become “4” as we‘ll be called 4T5 next school year. First thing, we‘ll deal with our thesis. Afterwards, we‘ll be off to the field for our practicum, and finally it all culminates with graduation next year. So yeah, I’m all in for the FINAL PUSH to cap the journey with a BANG!

For now, I’ll be off to spend quality time during the Holy Week holiday as the summer vacation rolls along. Also, I like to say to those who will have their OJT/Practicum over the summer. Good luck and do your best at the workplace!

Like I said the last time we had this, CONGRATULATIONS to all of those who made it through another semesterespecially those who came out with high marks.

To those who had a rough semester, keep the faithand get better every single day.

all in for the final push. #SeniorYear
K-Smoove 

San ka? Kampihan na!

Yesterday, I watched my first two PBA games at “The Big Dome”, the Smart Araneta Coliseum. I was already in the Cubao area since the afternoon since I was with my family who also bought some things there. So once the sun came down and minutes from tip-off. I went around the outside of the Big Dome and noticed some changes that have been happening. Gone was the old blue and yellow paint job on the outside. It was being painted white and glass was being installed on the exterior of the arena. Then at around 6pm, my friend from high school together with his little brother who had my tickets to the game arrived. Then we went inside The Big Dome for the double-header. It was also my first time watching a game at the Big Dome on Patron seats in the five times I’ve witnessed an event at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Later, my friend’s classmate arrived at the Big Dome as he was also invited by my friend to watch the game.

Both games were a treat. The first game was between the Air21 Express and the GlobalPort Batang Pier. Well, it was an up and down ballgame with the Batang Pier dominating the first half. However, the Express would come alive in the second half with hot shooting from their import Michael Dunigan as well as their local playerslike KG Canaleta and Mike Cortez as they defeat the Batang Pier 87-72. Unfortunately, I was unable to take photos from these games because I had to save my camera’s battery for the Main Event of the night.

It was the best team in the PBA this conference Alaska Aces going up against the SanMig Coffee Mixers. Well the “man of the moment” was San Mig Coffee star James Yap who has been in the news, not because of his on-court brilliance but of something personal he’s going through. I won’t go further into the details in this blog entry, since we’re all about basketball in this entry. Anyway, from tip-off it was an up and down game between these two competitive teams. Neither team did not waver all game long as both teams traded baskets and tough defense in a slow-paced game where both teams run the triangle on almost every play. For James Yap, it was an off game for him and it had something to do with the fact his personal troubles are getting the better of him. Both imports Denzel Bowles of San Mig Coffee and Rob Dozier of Alaska had a great battle inside. Alaska’s star rookie Calvin Abueva had a monster game despite the jeers he got all game long by the strong San Mig Coffee Planet in attendance at the Big Dome. In the end game, we were witness to one of the most craziest sequences of basketball I have seen in my life. Well here‘s what happened. It was 84-83 with the Mixers leading the Aces. Calvin Abueva was fouled on his way to the basket thus giving him two free throwsand a chance to give Alaska the lead. He would miss his first free throw, then when he was about to attempt his second free throw. Both backcourt players of Alaska and San Mig Coffee were called for lane violation thus resulting in a jump-ball. The Aces won the tip with enough time to go for the win. Abueva droved to the basket and missed the shot, then the Aces got the rebound and sent it back to Cyrus Baguio who attempted a wide-open shot for three, but the shot missed at the buzzer and the Mixers would escape with the victory over the Aces.

 Photo ©Karl Carandang
It was a great experience to watch the PBA live for the first time at the venue, after the experience of watching college basketball (UAAP and NCAA). As a Petron Blaze Boosters fan, that Alaska loss put a smile on my face, as that gives them a windown to take the lead from the Aces after witnessing a tough overtime defeat against the Talk ‘n Text Tropang Texters on television the previous day. So I’ll thank my friend for the free Patron tickets to the games yesterday. This won’t be the last time I’ll watch a PBA game live.
PBA: San ka? Kampihan na!
K-Smoove