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Revisiting Chuck and Something New (Game of Thrones)

"Chuck me."

I think that's the best line that Adam Baldwin ever delivered in his role as John Casey in Chuck. I discovered this series a long time ago - what seems to be another life now. A couple of weeks ago, I started watching the first season again. The rest is history.

You know how it goes. One episode a day turns into two, then one more, and another one...

I am almost at the end of the 3rd season (I never finished the 4th, by the way), and I have to say that while Chuck remains a favorite, it seems that it hasn't been the same since Chuck downloaded Intersect 2.0. For some reason, the whole set up was more endearing when he didn't know Kung Fu.

Take that episode I just watched today - when Chuck was checked into a psychiatric facility (mind you, not a drug detox center program - this one does not do drugs although he gets injected with a psychotropic drug in the episode). His inability to "do" Kung Fu because of the drug made it chuckle-worthy, a…

PHP120,000 at 30

I just read this article and it made me think. It starts and ends with the idea that by the time a person turns 30, he or she should be making PHP120,000 a month. That's roughly USD2,800. Now some of you may be earning way more than that, but you have to take the Philippines in context to understand my mixed emotions after reading the article.

In a country where the minimum wage is PHP404 (USD9.33) per day for non-agricultural workers in the National Capital Region, you ought to consider yourself fortunate to earn 1/4 of that targeted amount.

In a country where people have to have "some college" to work at 711 or McDonald's (or some similar chain), PHP120,000 a month is unthinkable for many.

Perhaps it's because the author is a CEO of a headhunting company. Perhaps his perspective is simply different. Then again, I would rather define myself in other ways than how much I earn by the time I turn 30. Oh, wait - I'm past that and still not making PHP120,000 a …

Food Trip in Kuala Lumpur

My recently concluded trip to Kuala Lumpur was a success, despite me getting ill a lot. I think it was mainly the stress of having to run around to make the most of the stay there and work as well (that part was a fail, really). Also, the weird mix of all that rich food didn't sit well with my stomach. Stubborn me, though, would not stop trying new food everywhere.

Here's the first batch of photo. Prepare to drool.
Beef Rendang at Madam Kwan. It was oh-so-rich!
Beef and chicken satay with pressed rice, fruits, and veggies. The peanut sauce was lovely!
Nasi Lemak. Coconut milk rice with anchovies, spicy chicken, and half an egg.
Malaysian appetizer - bird-eye chili with a bit of soy sauce. Whew!
Nasi Goreng

Lamb Masala. This combined with Nasi Goreng = bum tummy!
The first bistro I ate at. Very cheap food, but they kill you when it comes to beer!

You can imagine just how much of a food trip that was - this is not even all of it! One look at the mirror and I think I am desperate…

A Big Mouth Burger and A Jade Stone Massage

I always find myself in this spot - several days before a trip, I have so many things to do left and right: errands and other little things. Today, I had to deal with a bill and go to a spa (yeah, FML). I got a voucher from Ensogo for a Jade Stone Massage at Soneva Spa (Tomas Morato cor. Limbaga St.), which expires on the 8th. Since I am leaving for KL on the 7th, I had to use it today.

I was thinking of canceling the thing, but decided to go through with it anyway. I'm glad I did. I got to the spa about an hour earlier, so I decided to grab a bite at Chili's. Apparently, they have a Big Mouth Burger Day, where all their Big Mouth Burgers are only PHP120! The prices are normally PHP300++ so it was a really good deal. And boy, those burgers are really for big mouths!

Now the spa...Soneva Spa is on the 4th floor of the Forum Building. Upon arrival, you'll really smell the difference. The interior uses bamboo as the main decor, and the entire place is very relaxing. …

First 15 Minutes of HBO's Game of Thrones

Today has just been full of fantasy goodness! I finally got my hands on Pat Rothfuss's The Wise Man's Fear - can't wait to get started on it! And I just finished watching the first 15 minutes of HBO's Game of Thrones.

I have to say that it is looking good! The cast has been known from the start, and they have shown snippets of the series every now and then. This is the first sneak preview of the actual series, though, and I think that every George R.R. Martin fan is just going to want more. April 17 can't some soon enough!

Game of Thrones Exclusive Preview
So what do you think? Personally, I found myself wishing they had shown the discovery of the direwolf pups!

Funny Shirts at Mental

In Cebu, I discovered this really cool clothing store called Mental. I was very much amused and thought I had found a gem. Unfortunately, I soon found out that they have branches practically everywhere. That didn't ruin my glee as I looked at their wacky shirts.

The concept of the store: a mental institution. Their salespersons are dressed up like nurses and they have wheelchairs around the location. It may not be the most PC place, but we could all use a laugh every now and then. Here are some of the shirts that caught my attention.
My favorite one. Yeah, I succumbed to temptation and have this in the closet.

One reason I don't want to have kids. They'll probably call me as such.
Lola = granny

Revisiting Chuck

It's been years since I first started watching the TV series Chuck, and for some reason, reruns have been my focus in the past week. I went all the way back to season 1, and boy, am I glad I did.

I was concerned at first that I would sit there and stare at the screen, wondering why in the world I was watching a stupid show. That's exactly how I felt about Glee the second time I watched it. It wasn't the same with Chuck - I guess that since this is the nth time I am doing reruns, I should have known it wouldn't happen.

Chuck has is sappy moments - lots of them, actually - but so many other things make up for them. Even Sarah's "spastic colon" I still find hilarious. (Maybe she ought to read up on colonix reviews to get rid of that condition once and for all.) Then there was the kiss between Casey and Chuck in the second season. Anna kicking the butt of that pro football player. Morgan shouting pineapple in the store.

Too insidery a post, I know. If y…

Who's Gullible?

Yesterday was the day when crap loads of people got fooled, one way or another. Over the years, we have heard countless stories about people getting pranked. You have probably pulled one or two yourself.

I did pull one myself yesterday, although it was totally done on the fly. I also did get pranked - first thing in the morning, no less. This happened despite my repeated warnings to myself the night before. (Numi to self: Tomorrow's April Fools' Day. Take everything with a grain of salt.) I guess there is no doubt about it - I am totally gullible in the first hours of my day!

Anyhow, all those shenanigans distracted me into checking out the greatest April Fools' hoaxes of all time.

I think my favorite is the April 1998 issue of New Mexicans for Science and Reason. In this issue, it was reported that the state of Alabama had changed the value of pi from 3.14159 to 3.0. Rounding up does make for nicer results, doesn't it? Believe it or not, the Alabama legislature …