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Apr 8, 2014

KWENTONG BANGUNGOT

Sabado ng gabi, ako'y naalimpungatan sa aking pagkakatulog. May mga batang naglalaro sa labas ng aking bintana. Malinaw ang kanilang boses, sila'y naghahabulan. Sa una'y hindi ko siya pinansin pero nang maalala ko na ako'y natutulog sa ikalawang palapag ng aming bahay, ako'y naalimpungatan.

Biglang tumahimik na sinundan ng malakas na hiyaw ng isang pusa.

Bumalik ang mga boses ng mga bata. Tila sila'y nagtatakbuhan palayo. 

"Nandyan na ang maligno!" ang huli kong narinig.

Iminulat ko ang aking mga mata.

Isang masamang panaginip. 

Tumabi sa akin si Georges St-Pierre at tinanong ako kung ok lang ba ako. Ikinuwento ko ang masamang panaginip na gumising sakin. 

Napatitig siya sakin. Medyo may pag-aalala. Pero sabi niya, wag ako mangamba dahil nasa tabi ko lang siya at ako'y kanyang babantayan habang natutulog.

Ako'y napangiti. Pero ang ngiti ko'y di nagtagal. Nakakarinig ako ng isang malakas na hilik. Ito'y nakapagtataka dahil kaming dalawa lang naman ang nasa kwarto. 

Hinanap ko ang pinanggagalingan ng nakakabahalang tunog. Sumilip ako sa aking kanan. Wala. Sa aking kaliwa. Wala. Naririnig din ni GSP ang humihilik pero wala siyang nakita. Tiningnan ko ang ilalim ng aking kama, ngunit wala pa rin akong nakita.

Nagising akong bigla.

Isang nakakabahalang panaginip.

Tumingin ako sa aking tabi. Si Kasintahan ay natutulog ng mahimbing.

MALIGNO.

Yan ang salitang tumatak sa aking isipan. Ako'y nagsimulang magdasal.

"Ama namin sumasalingit ka, sambahin ang ngalan mo..."

Napatingin ako sa labas ng aking bintana. Nakita kong bilog ang buwan. Pero parang may kakaiba. 

"Mapasaamin ang kaharian mo sundin ang loob mo..."

Ang kabilugan ng buwan, unti unting nababalot ng kadiliman.

Muli ako ay nagising. Bangungot.

Tang ina, sa isip ko hindi ako magising. Kinurot ko ang sarili ko para siguradong gising na ako. Si Kasintahan nasa tabi ko, mahimbing pa rin ang tulog. 

Niyakap ko siya. Baka sakali matatapos na ang mga bangungot ko.

Pero biglang may humila sakin patalikod kay Kasintahan. 

Isang itim na nilalang. Pilit akong niyayakap. 

Ang maligno. 

Niyayakap niya ako ng mahigpit. Hindi ako makagalaw. Hindi ako makahinga.

Pinipilit kong magising at makawala sa bangungot na ito. 

Bigla akong napaupo sa aking kama. Pawis na pawis at pilit hinahabol ang aking hininga.

Nagising si Kasintahan. 

Niyakap ko siya ng mahigpit. Kakaiba ang takot na aking nararamdaman sa di na natapos na bangungot. Walang bisa ang dasal. Pakiramdam ko'y ako'y mamamatay.

Hinalikan niya ako sa pisngi. Nananahan. 

"Matulog ka na ulit. Andito lang ako." sambit niya. Humiga kami parehong magkahawak ang kamay. 

Maya maya lang ay narinig ko ulit yung malakas na hilik.

Yung maligno.

Pilit kong ginigising si Kasintahan ngunit malalim na ang kanyang paghimbing. Naririnig kong lumalakas ang hilik. Sa aking likuran.

Nilingon ko ang pinanggagalingan ng tunog na aking kinatatakutan.

Isang itim na nilalang ang sa tabi ko'y natutulog. 

At ako ay nagising. 

Tunay na gising. 

Pinilit kong tumayo at uminom ng tubig.

11:49pm ang sabi ng orasan sa aking telepono.

Wala nang maligno.

Gising na ako.

Ang bilis ng pintig ng aking puso. 

Nagising si Kasintahan sa aking kalikutan.

Hindi ko na yata kayang bumalik pa at matulog.

Alas tres na nang muling pumikit ang aking mga mata.

Dec 29, 2013

BEST OF 2013

I don't think I can wait anymore for the last day of the year. I have work then, and I think I'll be busy doing work at home. So let's just do this today then.

As with my other Best Of posts, I would like to first thank everyone who stuck with this blog event hough I don't post the way I do before. Even though I'm less funny, I write very rarely and sometimes I don't make sense anymore. Thank you.

So let's get it started.

BEST MOVIE (International)
LAST YEAR: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I think this is the year where science fiction was taken seriously. It's not always about a chosen one destined to save the world. It's not always about super powered beings from another planet. Science fiction can also be simple. Something like... being trapped in space. Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is a perfect example of a simple science fiction tale. It is unbelievable how you can be at awe at the beauty of seeing our planet from space and  the same time afraid for Sandra Bullock's character. That is the power of great filmmaking, storytelling, superb acting and today's technology.
RUNNER-UP: The Kings of Summer, Before Midnight


BEST MOVIE (Local)
LAST YEAR: Unofficially Yours
This year has brought us a surprisingly good number of awesome movies. Of course, we're still getting a bulk of romcoms, but we also got quite a number of quality films. A few of them were actually action films. If this were a different year, It Takes A Man and a Woman would have won the title, but since it's 2013, I choose OTJ as the best movie of the year. It is an awesome action film. Is it original? I don't think so. Filipino movie directors have been "inspired" by foreign films and some may compare this film to The Departed. It's action packed and it's intriguing. The fact that this is not a rom com alone gives it an edge over other titles.
RUNNER-UP: Four Sisters and a Wedding, It Takes A Man and A Woman

GAME OF THE YEAR (Console)
LAST YEAR: Mass Effect 3
Wow, this I had a really hard time choosing. While there are actually only two games that stood out, a lot of the nominees, if they were released another year would have easily won this distinction of being the best game. But how could you really choose between Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us? Both are really brilliant games. One has a really outstanding story with great gameplay and beautiful visuals. The other is a really huge game which no one could possibly want to stop playing. I could just make it easy and make it a tie, but there really has to be only one. I guess sky diving and dropping directly to a dirt bike then racing down the top of the mountain against a crazy drugged up daredevil, just because you followed a talking dog would trump an awesome zombie game this time. So, it is with great difficulty that I give the Game of the Year title of 2013 to Grand Theft Auto V.
RUNNER-UP: The Last Of Us

GAME OF THE YEAR (Handheld)
This is the first new title I'm giving out this year to replace comic book awards (if you don't know yet I have quit downloading them this year). I think it's only fair to separate the handheld titles from the console ones just because the quality between the two are really different. But then again this year, between my PSVita and 3DS, I played my handheld games longer than my consoles. Nintendo really had a strong showing this year with Luigi's Mansion, Fire Emblem, Pokemon and Animal Crossing. I think I spent literally hundreds of hours between the last three games. But the game I choose this year trumps them all not because of the length of time I played the game. Tearaway is a short game. But in the short time I played, it really pushed out all of the things my PSVita can do. From the touchscreen from the front back, camera, microphone, and everything else. All of them were used. Not all games could brag about that. And of course, it's got a great story.
RUNNER-UP: Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Pokemon X

BEST OF TV (Drama)
LAST YEAR: The Walking Dead
This is another tough category. But there are really only two shows that delivered really really strong episodes this year. Game of Thrones with Khaleesi's taking of The Unsullied and The Red Wedding. The Good Wife with it's Hitting The Fan and 100th episode. But really, only one episode is enough for me to give the title to The Good Wife. I have been a fan of the show since it's first season. But they really stepped up their game in it's first ten episodes this season. Just watch episode 5 (Hitting The Fan). I named it the best episode of any tv show ever. I clapped. I laughed. I sat on the edge of my seat. I got mad. All those different emotions just because of one episode. It's smartly written, brilliantly acted and generally just a joy to watch. I love this show.
RUNNER-UP: Game of Thrones

BEST OF TV (Comedy)
This is the other new category. Honestly, if I didn't separate the two categories, no comedy show would've won in Best of TV. I don't know why it took me five years to create this one. But I guess for one, there really hasn't been any truly strong sitcom on television the last few years. I think the golden era of sitcoms was the time when both Friends and Will & Grace were on air. Now, comedies just come and go. And this one, I'm afraid is a show that we may lose soon. The Mindy Project is a really funny series. Yes, Mindy can be a bit annoying. But really, there aren't that many shows that could make you laugh out loud or is tolerable to watch again other than this one.
RUNNER-UP: The Crazy Ones, New Girl

BEST OF TV (Local)
LAST YEAR: Be Careful With My Heart
Cathy Garcia Molina has been a strong presence in this annual thing I do, because she makes really 'kilig' movies. This year, she brought her signature work to television via my Best Pinoy TV Show, Got To Believe. This is again not originally nominated because it just started recently, but given it's newness, we it is a show that I really can't let go. I am not a fan of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, but I cannot deny that the couple has great chemistry. Something I last saw with John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. The show itself is funny, charming, sweet and Carmina is an effective villain. I hate her. How can you really deny giving the title to Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Care Bear, Teddy Bear and Gummy Bear.
RUNNER-UP: Honesto, Juan dela Cruz

BEST IN MUSIC
LAST YEAR: Madness / Muse
Breakup anthems have been the most relatable songs there is. I mean everyone has gone through one. Hearts have been broken at one point or another. While technically this song is not a breakup song, it's almost one. Pink has been on a roll lately in delivering really great songs, but Just Give Me A Reason is the best on her discography. Who doesn't know the lyrics to this song? It's about a couple having a trouble with their relationship and are trying to find a reason to stay with each other. Who hasn't been in this situation? That's enough for me for this song to be the best song of 2013.
RUNNER-UP: Blurred Lines

BLOG OF THE YEAR
LAST YEAR: Wickedmouth
There hasn't been any blogger who has experienced more success this year other than Glentot himself. He's so successful he's now published. It's one thing all real bloggers would want for their blog. And that alone is reason enough for Wickedmouth to be this year's best blog... Again. I have had a chance to finally meet him this year when he gave me a signed copy of his book (which unfortunately was among the things that was taken from me by those fuckin' holduppers). Glentot, if you're reading this I need another copy of your book please!!! Anyway, if you don't believe me, just click the link and go to his blog. I'll shut down my blog if you tell me you didn't laugh in at least one of his posts.
RUNNER-UP: Alfabeto Della Mia Vita

Dec 3, 2013

2013 REPORT CARD

Naituring ko na ang 2013 na pinakapanget na taon sa tanang buhay ko. Sa totoo lang, I don't think things will get lower than 2013. Namatay ang parrot ko. Naholdup ako. Sinalanta ni Yolanda ang tahanan namin sa Samar. At naging miserable ako sa trabaho ko.

Kaya masaya ako at malapit nang matapos ang taon na ito.

Gaya ng nakaraan, ako'y mangunguna na sa mga year end posts. Ito ang ikalimang taon ng aking paggrado sa buhay ko.

Tingnan natin kung anong average grade ko ngayong 2013.

CAREER 78% (2012 - 88%)
Gaya nang nasambit ko kanina, nitong taon na ito naging miserable ang buhay trabaho ko. Nagkaroon ako ng mga issue sa mga bagay na hindi ko na dapat binibigyang pansin. Napabayaan ko ang trabaho ko. At may punto pang bumaba ako sa pwesto ko para matigil na lahat ng stress ko sa trabaho. Pero di naman lahat eh negatibo. Natutunan kong maging mas pasensyoso. Narealize ko na ako ang may control sa karera ko, at kung gusto kong umusad ay kailangan kong lampasan lahat ng pagsubok sa trabaho. Ang maganda nito, ay hindi napalampas lahat ng magagandang nagawa ko sa opisina. Hiniling na ako'y bumalik sa binitiwan kong posisyon at napatunayan kong totoo nga ang karma. Next year, papasa ulit ito. Itaga niyo sa bato. 

SOCIAL LIFE 75% (2012 - 70%)
Tanggap ko na na hindi na magiging normal ang social life ko mula nang tinanggap ko ang trabaho sa US Operating Unit ng gasolinahang pinagsisilbihan ko. Pero kahit papaano ngayong taon ay medyo nag-improve naman ang social life ko.

Siguro ipagpapasalamat ko nang nagkaroon ng kotse ngayong taon si Kasintahan kaya nakakalabas labas na kami ng mas madalas ngayon. Nakapag out-of-town. Nakipagmeet sa ilan sa kanyang mga kaibigan. Nameet din niya ang ilang sa mga kaibigan ko.

Mas marami akong bagong nakilala ngayong taon. Ngunit ang nakakalungkot lang ay hindi ko man lang nakita kahit isang beses ang aking barkada / ex-housemates.

LOVE LIFE 95% (2012 - 95%)
Hindi na siguro magbabago to hanggang sa kamatayan ng blog ko.

Ako ay umiibig. At ako ay masaya sa larangan ng pag-ibig. Marami na kaming pinagdaanan at tiyak ko marami pa kaming susuungin na mga pagsubok. Basta ang alam ko mahal ko si Kasintahan at mahal din niya ako.

Ngayong Disyembre, tatlong taon at anim na buwan na kami. Ang tagal na!!!  Wala lang, naisip ko lang.

BLOG LIFE 75% (2012 - 75%)

Ang mahalaga sa akin pagdating sa aking blog life ay buhay pa rin ang blog ko.

Nakalimutan ko man noong isang buwan, pero sasabihin ko pa rin, WALONG TAON na ang blog ko!!! Gaya nitong nakalipas na taon, hindi na masyadong aktibo ang inyong lingkod sa pagsusulat o kahit pagkukumento sa mga tahanan ng ibang mga bloggers. Siguro ito'y dahil sa sobrang toxic ng aking trabaho ngayon ay nakakaligtaan ko na magbukas ng internet paminsan minsan.

Ngunit, nakakatuwa pa rin na sabihin na kahit papaano ay may mga nakilala pa rin akong mga bloggers sa personal. Tatlong pangalang mamamarkahan ko sa listahan ng mga nais kong makilala. At mayroon pa rin akong mga nadidiskubreng mga bagong tahanan na mapaglilipasan ng oras.

SAVINGS 80% (2012 - 74%)
Sa wakas, sa tatlumput isang taon kong pamamalagi sa mundong ito, ngayon lang natupad ang sinasabi kong magkakaroon ako ng sarili kong bank account. Mauumpisahan ko nang mag-ipon.

Ngayon ko rin lang narealize, na tatlong taon na rin pala akong nagbabayad pambili ng stocks sa gasolinahang aking pinaglilingkuran. At medyo malaki na rin ang aking tinubo dito. Malapit ko na rin matapos bayaran ang aking insurance plan. Ibig sabihin, malaki-laki na rin pala ang aking naiipon at mayroon na rin palang perang nakakabit sa aking pangalan.

Natupad na rin ang matagal nang pinapangarap ng nanay ko.

HEALTH 78% (2012 - 72%)
Okay, aaminin ko hindi pa ako pumapayat muli... Ang totoo medyo tumaba nanaman ako. Pero nagdecide ako na pataasin ang marka ko sa Health ngayong taon dahil sa maniwala kayo't sa hindi. Regular na akong tumatakbo at nagboboxing.

Well, semi-regular.

Hindi na ako bumabata. Kailangan nang magbago. Ang kulang ko na lang talaga disiplina. Saan ba nakakabili nun?

Pero anyway ayun nga, imbis na magbabad ako sa aking kwarto minsan o madalas nagagawa ko nang tumakbo ng 30 minutos hanggang isang oras. At kung may oras talaga ako, nag-gygym ako at nagboboxing. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na kasya ulit at naisasara ko ang aking mga pantalon.

Pero gaya nga ng sabi ko, kulang na lang sakin ay disiplina.

AVERAGE  80.17%

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Tumatanda na talaga ako. Noong isang taon, tumigil akong bumili ng comics. Ngayong taon naman, nagbukas na ako ng account sa bangko. Kahit papaano, may pera na ako. Nasimulan ko na rin mag-ehersisyo.

Sana sa pagtatapos ng 2014, mailalagay ko nang tuluyan ko nang napapayat ang sarili ko.

Kayo ano ang magiging grado niyo ngayong 2013?

Nov 10, 2013

THE LOWEST POINT OF 2013

2013 will go down on my history book as the worst year of my life.

There have been ups and there were way too many downs.  And a couple of the lowest points in my life happened only a few days ago.

NOVEMBER 7, 2013

I hurried home because that was my father's birthday. It was supposed to be a rest day for me and I wanted to help out in preparing for the party that afternoon/evening.

I could have taken a cab, which was the safest way to go, but I took the bus.

Unfortunately we were robbed by three armed men.

One man pointed a gun to my face. He took my phones, but I did not give my wallet. I thought he was done with me, but before they got off the bus he went back to me and took my bag.

They took almost everything. He took my phones, laptop, my hard drive, important IDs.

I am just thankful he did not take my life.

NOVEMBER 8, 2013

A day after, Super Typhoon Yolanda came.

The first hit, Guiuan Eastern Samar is my father's home town. And Tacloban, the worst hit by the storm was my mother's. We have a lot of relatives down there that we haven't heard from in a while now.

We can only wait and watch the news.

Fortunately or unfortunately, we found some photos of the town, but what we saw is disheartening. Our family home was totally destroyed.

There's still no word if anyone survived or if everyone's safe. I honestly don't know if this is something we could ever recover from.

We could only pray.

I hope you could all pray with me.
Our family home totally wrecked
Photo courtesy of Central Command, AFP

Oct 28, 2013

BEST OF 2013 THE NOMINEES

2013 looks to be the most difficult year for me to choose winners. There are a lot of worthy titles to name but I can only choose one.

Also, there will be some changes on the awards as I completely ended reading comics a few weeks ago. So there will be a couple of new awards that I'll be giving out.

So, let's start this off...

And if I missed out on anything, please feel free to let me know. And give your opinion on who should win.

Best Movie (International)
Iron Man 3
Gravity
Before Midnight
The Conjuring
The Butler
(Oscar contenders coming out Nov-Dec)

Best Movie (Local)
On The Job
Ekstra
It Takes A Man and a Woman
Transit
Tuhog

Game of the Year (Console)
The Last Of Us
Grand Theft Auto V
Devil May Cry
Diablo 3
Tomb Raider
Bioshock Infinite
Ni No Kuni

Game of the Year (Handheld)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Pokemon X
Fire Emblem
The Walking Dead (released 2013 on Vita)
Rayman Legends

Best of TV Drama (International)
The Good Wife
Game of Thrones
Suits
Scandal
Orange Is The New Black
Breaking Bad

Best of TV Comedy (International)
The Mindy Project
New Girl
The Crazy Ones
Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Best of TV (Local)
Juan dela Cruz
The Voice of the Philippines
Annaliza
Got to Believe
Dugong Buhay

Best in Music
Just Give Me a Reason (Pink)
Stay (Rihanna)
Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke)
Thrift Shop (Macklemore)
Mirrors (Justin Timberlake)

Blog of the Year
Wickedmouth
Professional Heckler
Alfabeto Della Mia Vita
L'Heure Bleue
Citybuoy

Winners will be revealed on December 31 just before the year ends. :)

Oct 4, 2013

KUNG PAANO KAMI NAGING CLOSE

(Nick at Kiko Part 2)

"I'm thinking may galit ka sakin boss."

"Huh, bakit naman?"

"You know there's only one person na gusto ko sa team ko, pero di mo binigay! You really hate me!"  I don't know what got over me na nagawa kong taasan ng boses ng ganyan ang boss ko.

I mean I'm not really serious na galit ako na hindi sakin napunta si Nick, pero I don't know for some reason masama ang loob ko na hindi napunta sakin yung gusto ko.

"Kiko, you already have a challenging team. From what I gathered during their training medyo hirap Nick in selling our products. I mean this is his first real job. Your team, pagdating sa stats is already behind so I gave you yung may potential to be performers."

"Ok, how about we make a deal. If after a month naiangat ko performance ng team, the month after ibibigay mo sakin si Nick."

"No. Make your team a Top 3 Team, I will give you Nick." hamon sakin ni Boss.

"Shake on it?" inabot ko ang aking kamay at agad naman niya itong kinuha.

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"Kiko, can you please help Nick, he still doesn't have a sale yet. I have my hands full on all my newbies." pagmamakaawa ni Michelle. Siya ang maswerteng nilalang na may hawak sa aking apple of the eye. Tama si boss, kailangan ko nga yung mga ibinigay niya sa akin.  Mahuhusay nga sila, lahat nakaquota na.

Kinumusta ko sila ng sandali at sinigurong walang kailangan bago ko tulungan ang mga baguhan sa team ni Michelle.

Nanginginig si Nick pagdating ko. Halatang pressured.

"Musta?" tanong ko.

"Not ok." sagot ni Nick.

"No sales?"

"Not my day."

"Okay, let me help you. Listen to me ha." Binigyan ko ng kaunting pointers si Nick kung paano ako bumebenta sa mga customers ko. Kinuha ko ang sumunod na call. Swerte naman at nauto ko ang kausap ko. Nabigyan ko siya agad ng benta.

"And that is how you do it."

Bakat sa mukha ni Nick ang pagkamangha. Isang upuan lang nabigyan ko siya agad ng benta. Isang tawag. Isang pitch.

"Wow! Dude you're good."

"That's why I'm a Team Lead. And of course, I have a winning personality."

"Thank you TL!!! I owe you one."

"Nah, it's part of my job." shet natunaw ako sa kanyang ngiti!

"Hey, can you stay muna, listen to how I call and then give me pointers on how I can improve. Please?" nangangawa ang kanyang mga mata. Paano ka ba naman makakatanggi sa isang matipunong binata na huminhingi ng pagkakataon na makapiling ka kahit sandali?

"Okay, sure no problem." masaya kong sagot sa aking crush.

"Thank you. Alam mo sana ikaw na lang naging Team Lead ko."

At biglang tumalon ang puso ko.

(To be continued...)

Sep 28, 2013

NICK AT KIKO PART 1

Nicholas Patrick Figueroa.

Pangalan pa lang pogi na. Ganun din kaya siya sa personal? Tanong ng mga Team Lead sa isa't isa. Ngayon ang unang araw na makikita nila ang mga bagong salta sa call center na pinapasukan nila. Para kay Kiko, si Nicholas Patrick Figueroa ang gusto niyang unang makilala.

Para sa isang bading, kahit di pa nakikita alam niya kung ang isang tao ay pogi o hindi sa pangalan pa lang. Ipinagmamalaking talento ni Kiko ito.

"I got dibs dun sa Nicholas Figueroa." bungad niya sa Team.

"Bakla, makadibs ka naman. Tunog mayaman lang yung pangalan. Does not always equal mukhang mayaman." ang sagot ni TL Michelle, best friend ni Kiko.

"Bes, I have a feeling. Alam mo naman ako at ang mga vibes ko. They never fail me."

Alas nuwebe y medya nang isa-isang dumating ang mga bagong salta. Tambay muna sila sa pantry dahil wala pa silang workstation. Malayo sa inaasahan ng mga nauna nang empleyado, kakaunti lang ang baguhan na cute. Puros babae pa ang may hitsura.

"Ano bes, told you so." Bulong ni Michelle kay Kiko. 

Irap lang ang sagot nito.

Alas dyes. Simula na ng shift ng business. Si Kiko ang naatasan na magwelcome sa mga bagong salta. At gaya ng tradisyon, sa unang oras ay ang pagpapakilala.

"Hi Guys, I'm Kiko Ponce, I'm going to be your trainer for the day. Well not really trainer... More like welcoming committee. You'll be meeting your real trainers in the next few days so you could expect the first hour of the next few days you'll be doing this. Kaya magprepare kayo ng mga tatlong things about you na di niyo pa nasasabi sa lahat."

Nagtawanan ang mga trainees niya. Magandang simula.

"Kiko is not short for anything. That is my real name. Pinaglihi daw ako kay Kiko Matsing." Konti lang ang natawa. Ang mga halata ang edad. Mga pinanganak sa panahon niya. "I have been with the company for the last year and a half. I was a pioneer of the account and was one and am still one of the best sellers for the program. I'm also going to be one of your Team Leads. Outside of work, I am movie addict. On a good week, I am able to watch at least 3 films. I am also into writing and music. I can play the piano, guitar and saxophone. And I'm also super gay. But not really that gay." Tawanan ulit ang grupo.

Sa pagkakataon na yun, tinuro ni Kiko ang babae sa likod. Miss, let's start with you and then we'll go clockwise.

Hi I'm Cristina Henson... (sosyal)

Good evening guys, I'm Bryan Tejada... (resident family man)

My name is Luisa Taguinod and you can call me Mommy Lui... (resident nanay)

Hi, I am Ebenezer Diaz... Ben for short... (medyo cute pero chubby)

Hi all, my name is Carla Cuaresma, 21 fresh grad from Iloilo... (ang magandang probinsyana)

Aaron Lontoc mula sa Bulacan... (resident bad boy)

Hello guuuys, I'm Greg Lindon, and you can call me Greggie for short hihihi... (resident becky)

Judy Prado and I'm a lesbian... (resident lesbian)

At dito natapos ang pagpapakilala. Wala si Nicholas Patrick Figueroa, malungkot na naisip ni Kiko. Siguro di niya gustong magtrabaho sa call center. O baka naman may mas malaking offer siyang nakuha sa ibang kumpanya.

Oh well.

"Okay, thank you everyone it's nice to meet you all. I guess it's now time to start introducing you to the company."

Tok tok tok. 

Napalingon ang lahat sa pintuan sa likod. 

Mukha ni Michelle ang lumantad sa grupo. Dali itong pumasok at niyaya ang isang pares. Mga na-late dumating.

"This is the training room, you can just choose any seat from there." Biglang tumingin si Michelle kay Nick. "Tama ang vibes," sabay kindat.

"Hi I'm Kiko. We were just about to start but since we have new people here you have to introduce yourselves to the class. Usual intro, name, background, hobbies, likes, dislikes, relationship status and expectations sa company or sa class."

Naunang nagsalita ang babae Princess daw ata ang pangalan. Walang ibang narinig si Kiko dahil ang buong atensyon nito ay nakatuon sa lalaking bagong dating. Matipuno. Gwapo. Mestiso. Matangkad. Mukhang mabango. Mukhang mayaman. Lahat siguro ng hanap nito sa isang lalaki ay nasa binatang hinihintay niya simula nang mabasa ang pangalan sa roster ng new hires.

"Thank you Peaches."

"Uhm... Princess." Pagtatama ng dalaga.

"Sorry, thank you Princess for that five minute introduction. Sir, it's your turn."

"Sorry I'm late. My name is Nicholas Patrick Figueroa, but you can call me Nick. I'm 27. Believe it or not this is my first real job. The last six years I spent with my mom in Japan. She's been battling cancer for the last eight years, but we lost the fight a few months ago. I know it's a downer, and I apologize for that. But I'm generally a happy person. I like to watch movies. Play video games. Typical geek I guess. What else? Uhm... I was a model in Japan. Oh yeah, relationship status. I'm proud to be in a ten year relationship with my girlfriend."

Damn! Naisip ni Kiko.

(To be continued...) 


Sep 20, 2013

GRAND THEFT AUTO V REVIEW


I have played Grand Theft Auto 5 roughly about 20 hours and in that time I have rappelled over a building to kidnap an FIB witness, flew an airplane and a helicopter, stole a washed up rocker's gold tooth for an elderly British couple, introduced my drug laboratory to a Chinese businessman's drugged son, and worked with a paparazzi chasing after a Lindsay Lohan-type actress trying to outrun the cops... and then stole her pink sports car after she got arrested. Just because I can.

And that's the greatest thing about this game. You can literally do anything. One of the jobs I'm about to do next is to blow up a cargo ship and steal whatever's being guarded inside it using a submarine!!! 

I guess this is the dawn of this generation's games. After 2013 it's all about the PS4 and XBox One. But the business is still strong for the PS3 and 360 as evidenced by this game's release. Just goes to show that it's going out with a bang.

So going back to GTA, this is Rockstar Games' best outing for the series. It is a culmination of all the leaps that they've done over the last few years, combining all of the strengths of all of their previous releases and adding a few more and then giving us a truly remarkable story to make this a genuine masterpiece.

Unlike any other game, GTA5 stars not just one, but three protagonists, almost all trying to make their lives better but keeps getting entangled with the criminal underbelly of San Andreas. Michael is a retired thief, Franklin is an up and coming gangbanger and Trevor... uhmmm the human equivalent of the Tazmanian Devil. 

Technically, this game is truly outstanding. There are no load times, the graphics is crisp, gameplay is pretty easy to get used to (except flying fucking planes), the voice acting is superb, and the script is sublime. It's funny, full of very interesting characters, and a boatload of things to do. In the 30 hours that I played this game I never had nothing to do. Simply driving around, you encounter random things that eventually may become integral to the overall story. I towed cars, I saved a construction worker whose truck got stuck under pipes that fell, raced an ex-lover and then met a lot of strangers and freaks.

Of course, this won't be a GTA game if you don't do the usual activities like assassinate, steal cars and intentionally or unintentionally murder a fuckload of San Andreas citizens. One welcome addition to the game are heists. These are elaborate crimes that needed multiple activities to pull off. I have only done one, a jewelry store heist, wherein I needed sleeping gas, hackers, an insecticide company van and a few reliable motorcyclists to do the job perfectly. It was an exhilirating scene seeing the plan work out. Now I'm about to start my second heist the one with the submarine and all that shit.

My initial worry for this game was that it would be difficult to play what with all three characters, I thought it will be confusing and difficult, but it actually isn't. The transition from one character to another is seamless and everything from the previous game improved. Shooting is better, even doing drive by's are easier now. Driving is still a bit wonky, but I think it's because of me. The only thing I was having trouble with is flying a goddamn airplane. But I finished that, so hopefully it'll be a bit easier.

This early, I'm already thinking of what game to crown as 2013's game of the year. I think it's going to be a really really REALLY hard decision which one is going to win with the quality of the games that came out. 

But I'm only 30 hours in... and I'm already leaning towards this game to win.

RATING: 10 out of 10 stars