Our Siquijor Trip – Day 1: Ratsada

Jake has been planning our trip to Siquijor for MONTHS and Thursday night we gathered at Rabang’s house for his birthday celebration and to kick off our vacation. We met Annie, Julius’ special friend, for the first time. At the beginning she was afraid that we might not like her. Perish the thought. Within minutes we were all gabbing like old friends who hadn’t seen each other in a long time.

Rabang’s Birthday

Now my friends (aside from Pia) are all in different occupations with hectic schedules. We have doctors, bankers, non-linear editors and we rarely have the opportunity to get together. So this trip was a welcome diversion to spend time and catch up. That evening at Rabang’s place was great – we had good food (Rabang had prepared lasagna, potato salad, barbecue, spring rolls and of course desert from Calea)

By 11, it was time to head back to Jake’s place to get our stuff and wait for our ride to the bus station. Our bus was due to depart before 3 am and we had a couple of hours to kill which we did by watching tv – We had a running commentary on ABS-CBN’s SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operatives – a RIP-OFF of CSI) and were dying with laughter while watching Borat on The Conan O’Brien Show. “Hi-Five” which such a Pinoy thing became our regular expression too!

DAY 1: Ratsada

Jake’s dad dropped us off at the Ceres terminal where we waited for about an hour for our bus to arrive. While waiting, Anne and Jake introduced our trademark phrase complete with choreographed movements…”I’m a flower, swaying in the wind”, a mantra for Type-A personalities (aka everyone in our group), who hate waiting, absolutely hate waiting.

Also Julius kept on singing “We’re All In This Together” from the High School Musical movie which we all thought was funny and became a running joke for our entire stay in Siquijor.

Since our trip was early in the morning, our bus was non-airconditioned. At first we thought this wouldn’t be a problem because –
a) it’s early morning so it’s not going to be hot
b) nobody travels that early in the morning so the bus won’t be crowded.

We were half right.

Oh, the shame, the shame

I come out of hibernation to bring you…The Real Snakes on a Plane

The Bass mentioned at lunch time that a woman travelling to Thailand from Manila was found with snakes and other reptiles in her suitcase.

The shame of it all, she came from Bacolod!

From USA Today!!

An airport X-ray technician reported seeing the image of a snake inside one of two large suitcases allegedly belonging to a woman, who came from the central Philippine city of Bacolod on her way to Bangkok, Thailand, said customs officer Tessie Roque.

The two suitcases were later opened, revealing dozens of soft drink and water bottles and sacks containing 50 monitor lizards, 39 cobras, 21 vipers, 20 other smaller lizards and two iguanas.

Said Isidro Zayco, “Next time we may be traveling with crocodiles

Oh, the shame, the shame…

* Pia hides under her desk *

And oh! The lizards were wearing diapers!

In a mood

The WordPress Codex lists some plugins for adding moods to posts

Moody: Enter your mood in the Custom Field section of your post entry and the plugin will display in your theme below the time.
Sounds good but the plugin doesn’t work with WordPress 2.0 and up. Plus you have to do your configuration in the php file.

Mood Quote: Let’s you assign a quote for your mood. Interesting plugin though it’s not what I need.

Cricket Moods: This plugin lets you assign moods with images so whenever you put a mood in your entry. What’s good about this plugin is that each user can customize their own mood list and you have the option to automatically show the mood or position it in your template.

MyMooMus: This is a three-for-one plugin, combining the display of moods, music and tv in your posts. However it only shows the text not images.

I’ve made my own plugin that lets you set the location of your mood directory and image extension. In the Write Post screen, select a mood from the drop-down list of moods. There’s also a template tag to display the mood in your template. It’s not available to the general public because I’m still testing and adding features but if you’d like to try it out, drop me a line and I’ll send you the file.

Web design dreams and other things

I dreamt last night that I had made a fab Battlestar Galatica layout – the whole look and feel and the translation from Photoshop to structured HTML and CSS was spot on. Oh if only real life was like that!

Pia and I met up with Jake and Rabang last night at Bascon Cafe. Jake is planning a trip for us all in November when Terai and Julius come down to Bacolod. We’ve settled on the place (Siquijor) and accomodations. Now to save up for the trip!

Damn frakking internet is S L O W today.

Must Finish Capping

I am determined to finish capping Season 1 of CSI: New York before the new season starts. Really I am!

I actually only have to re-cap episodes 19 and 20 – I used VirtualDub the first time around (I was feeling lazy) and the resulting images were fuzzy and not to my liking. The other episodes are sitting on my hard drive waiting for me to ftp them.

Pia and I are setting a limit to the number of screencaps we’re going to put up. As it stands we’re using 59% of our space at CSI Caps and we still have a ton of episodes to cap. I think 800 will be the limit – damn the slow mo feature on BS Player for the abundance of Danny caps 🙂

Lee is so virginal

Pia has converted over to the cult of Battlestar Galactica.

I’ve started watching season two and am hoping to catch up before season 3 starts in October. It’s one of the best shows period and I come to each episode with a mixture of anticipation and nervousness about what is going to happen because I feel so deeply for each of the characters – even the ones that are screwed up (Tigh, I’m looking at you!).

The depth and realism to the show and the characters is what makes Battlestar Galactica so amazing. And it’s a frakking sci fi show for goodness sakes!

And if you’re wondering about the title, it came from a discussion Pia and I were having about when Starbuck and Apollo were going to GET IT ON. She said “He’s saving himself for Starbuck and that makes Lee virginal” Mwahahaha.

I Love TV

From: Julie

Bold all of the following TV shows which you’ve ever seen three or more episodes of in your lifetime. Italicize a show if you’re positive you’ve seen every episode of it. If you want, add up to three additional shows (keeping the list in alphabetical order)

7th Heaven
Absolutely Fabulous
Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Aeon Flux
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
All Creatures Great And Small
America’s Next Top Model
Arrested Development
At Home with the Braithwaites
Babylon 5
Babylon 5: Crusade
Bad Girls
Battlestar Galactica (the old one)
Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
Beavis & Butthead
Beverly Hills 90210
Bosom Buddies
Boy Meets World
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bug Juice
Chappelle’s Show
Charlie’s Angels
Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
Commander in Chief
Cowboy Bebop
Crossing Jordan
CSI: Miami
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Danny Phantom
Dark Angel
Dark Skies
Darkwing Duck
Dawson’s Creek
Dead Like Me
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Desperate Housewives
Dharma & Greg
Diagnosis Murder
Different Strokes
Doctor Who
Due South
Earth 2
Everybody Loves Raymond
Facts of Life
Family Guy
Family Ties
Father Ted
Fawlty Towers
Get Smart
Gilligan’s Island
Gilmore Girls
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Green Wing
Grey’s Anatomy
Growing Pains
Hannah Montana
Happy Days
Hell’s Kitchen
Hogan’s Heroes
Home Improvement
Homicide: Life on the Street
I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy
Invader Zim
Kingdom Hospital
Law and Order
Law and Order: SVU
Law and Order: Criminal Intent
Life On Mars
Little House on the Prairie
Lizzie McGuire
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lost in Space
Love, American Style
Malcolm in the Middle
Married… With Children
Melrose Place
Miami Vice
Mission: Impossible
Mork & Mindy
Muppets Tonight
Murder She Wrote
My Three Sons
My Two Dads
One Tree Hill
Party of Five
Penn & Teller’s BULLSHIT
Perry Mason
Picket Fences
Power Rangers
Prison Break
Project Runway
Quantum Leap
Queer As Folk (US)
Queer as Folk (British)
Quincy ME
Red Dwarf
Rescue Me
Road Rules
Sailor Moon
Saved by the Bell
Scrap Heap Challenge
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Sex and the City
Six Feet Under
So Weird
South Park
Spongebob Squarepants
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate SG-1
Sugar Rush
Teen Titans
That 70’s Show
That’s So Raven
The 4400
The Addams Family
The Adventures of Pete and Pete
The Amazing Race
The Andy Griffith Show
The A-Team
The Avengers
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Brady Bunch
The Cosby Show
The Daily Show
The Dead Zone
The Flintstones
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Golden Girls
The Goodies
The Honeymooners
The Jeffersons
The Jetsons
The L Word
The Love Boat
The Monkees
The Munsters
The Muppet Show
The O.C.
The Office (UK)
The Office (US)
The Outer Limits
The Pretender
The Real World
The Rose of Versailles
The Shield
The Simpsons
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Sopranos
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The Twilight Zone
The Venture Brothers
The Waltons
The West Wing
The Wire
The Wonder Years
The X-Files
The Young Ones
Third Watch
Three’s Company
Top Gear
Twin Peaks
Veronica Mars
Walker: Texas Ranger
Who’s The Boss?
Whose Line is it Anyway? (UK and US)
Will and Grace
Without A Trace

Double Trouble

Another day, a new theme. This time something simple featuring Mac Taylor and Danny Messer of CSI: New York. I’ll be implementing the sub-pages in a little bit. If you see anything out of place, just leave me a comment.

Forever and a Day

It’s been months since my last update because I have been busy and really didn’t feel like writing about what’s going on in my lil corner of the world.

Since I last posted, I discovered another movie that is worse than Bloodrayne…Ultraviolet. A jumbled mass of bad acting, poor script and special effects that depended too much on soft blur. Milla Jovovich is no award winning actress but she was decent in Resident Evil but here in Ultraviolet she as just lame.

I discovered the joy of Firefly. Have since converted Pia, Julius and hopefully soon Rabang over to the cult of the Sci-fi Western.

Our farm project down south is almost complete. It’s been two months of incredible heat despite Pia’s pictures to the contrary

The office also went to Cebu over the weekend. We left Friday evening and were back by Sunday morning. As fun as the trip was, you need more than a day to explore Cebu. We went to Magellan’s Cross, the Basilica, Fort San Pedro and the Taoist Temple. Note: Do not carry heavy backpacks when you have a perfectly good hotel room for storage. By the time we were done at Fort San Pedro we were sweating bullets!

As my souvenir from the trip I bought a small guitar, or as Pia likes to call it, a GIT-TAR.

Now I’m back and working on changing the layout of this place.