Saturday, October 20, 2007

All In Six Days Flat

Being a Science student can sometimes be fun or tiring. Projects to pass, notebooks to be checked, test papers to be frequented, homeworks to be passed on periodical tests, choir practices, and periodical tests itself. Though, amidst all of these, many activities are done this week. We, students, get to relax today after that periodical test.

Starting Monday, the English Department and the municipality have arranged a "bookfair" with Scholastic, also known as the Scholastic Bookfair when they came to our school during my elementary days. Sadly, during my elementary days, the Scholastic Bookfair doesn't give discounts because I studied in a private school. All of the books were brand new and don't have covers like dirt rags. In this bookfair, they sell books from P30 to not exceeding P295. Those which are P100 and above are brand new books or "unrecycled". It was good, really, but what disappoints me is that there's none of my favorites like "daga" or Geronimo Stilton, Secrets of Droon, Goosebumps, works of Roald Dahl (ex. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) which there is but it was P200+, and Harry Potter (Trip ko lang hanapin, JJ... meron kasi dati sa Scholastic Bookfair namin nung elem). Buti pa yung Series of Unfortunate Events, wala naman nung The End, at Narnia meron...

Ma'am Ivy practiced us this week because we're not able to practice all day, next week and the week after that because she's going to uh... was that Palawan? Tenors are scheduled to practice Monday 3-5 PM (Note to self: P550 daw on Monday!!) and all four voices on Saturday. All these practices for the upcoming contests this November. Graagh! Four contests before the new year??!!

So far, the tests that I know I have a high grade is Filipino and ENGLISH. Party! 45 over 50! Matataasan ko na sana si Cuenco if I answered that plot plot thing or if I perfected the modals.

ATTENTION: Evans... kasi naman eh... pass your computer projects to either Nikki's e-mail or mine ( ipasa niyo bago mag October 23!! Ikocompile pa namin yun! Waah!! Turuan niyo din ako sa HTML... 'Di po ako gagawa ng webpage niyo, ang hirap kaya. Hahaha!

Ayun lang, magdusa lahat ng EVANS!! MWAHAHAHA! (Ginagaya ko si Sir Eman, corny) Evanesco!

Now You Know

There's more to the Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore than you know. Written by Rita Skeeter, she fails to discover what emotions Dumbledore had during Dumbledore-Grindelwald relationship. Apparently, she couldn't make that out of Bathilda.

NEW YORK - Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall.

After reading briefly from the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," she took questions from audience members.

She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds "true love."

"Dumbledore is gay," the author responded to gasps and applause.

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. "Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."

Dumbledore's love, she observed, was his "great tragedy."

"Oh, my god," Rowling concluded with a laugh, "the fan fiction."

Potter readers on fan sites and elsewhere on the Internet have speculated on the sexuality of Dumbledore, noting that he has no close relationship with women and a mysterious, troubled past. And explicit scenes with Dumbledore already have appeared in fan fiction.

Rowling told the audience that while working on the planned sixth Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," she spotted a reference in the script to a girl who once was of interest to Dumbledore. A note was duly passed to director David Yates, revealing the truth about her character.

Rowling, finishing a brief "Open Book Tour" of the United States, her first tour here since 2000, also said that she regarded her Potter books as a "prolonged argument for tolerance" and urged her fans to "question authority."

Not everyone likes her work, Rowling said, likely referring to Christian groups that have alleged the books promote witchcraft. Her news about Dumbledore, she said, will give them one more reason.

Dumbledore's life is a mystery. Where'd he get that much intelligence? J.K knows.


That's all for now! Evanesco!

Monday, October 08, 2007

A Splash of a Great Story

Magdadissect ba? Magagalit ba si Ma'am Ivy? Anong oras kaya kami ipipick-up?

Mixed emotions came up to me last Saturday. We had our practical test in Biology about the roots, the leaf, chicken wings and feet, and frogs. I thought we're going to dissect and identify the parts of each one, but it was only a question and answer thingy. There were this 10 tables for 10 students per batch. We're forty in Evans, so 4 batches. In these tables lie different species mentioned above. The easiest one landed to me... "Identify yellow", "Is the frog a male or a female?", and "Why is the frog your answer in number **(I forgot)?"... Then, after answering the first three questions, we will transfer to the next table number. I landed to table 6 so I will probably go to table 7. Our teacher said that one of the students in another section got lost searching the tables.

After that 10 minute practical test we're on to doing our english project, making a short story. We went to Antholin's house, the school clinic. Yes, he lives in the school clinic not until now, he lives in Carolina. Well, they didn't start doing the project immediately so I wandered of and check whether our conductor had arrived already. Then, I checked whether either JJ or Jeanne have gone already. As you may hear or see, we have a choir practice that day. Mom called; "Up to what time is your practice?" she asked. "Can you tell your teacher to excuse you to attend only up to 2:30? Tita Lorie will be picking you up by 3. " Of course, I panicked. I thought we're to be picked-up by 4.

JJ had already left when I left for the clinic to check on my groupmates and came back. They we're going to do their project in his house. And Ms. Ivy wasn't still there and it was 1 past! I know if we started late, she won't agree on letting me get excused by 2:30. And she says that whoever can't attend will not join the contest anymore! I asked Jeanne if she would be practicing. She says, she don't know. When 2 o'clock struck, I acted fast. JJ wasn't there and Jeanne and her groupmates need to do their project. We decided to become fugitives, exaggerating really but it was the term one of my classmates told us what we were... We hid to each choir member and dashed to the tricycle when the coast was clear. Free at last!

Arriving home, I quickly paced my self and packed everything we, Kim and I, need for the overnight swimming. Nearly forgetting what I wanted to pack because of that running stuff at school. Anyway, this overnight swimming is actually Mary's (previous classmate) birthday party. When everything's ready, Tita Lorie's car beeped in the front.

It wasn't that much fun without parents hanging around with you and titas and titos asking what you want. The pool was actually connected to the springs and controlled by a machine. The next morning the "kids" played with us. We were playing hanapan. The object is the shower knob. Mary, Kim, and I were the team mates. The kids were tackling us. One of them nearly prodded me on the sharp edge of the pool stairs. They were violent... very. In the end, we won because the "kids" were considering defeat to themselves because we were winning for rounds already. Insolent kids. We went home by 12.

By the time I get home, I played a bit and did this Enhancement Program for Filipino. I was so tired that I gave up and decided to work on it in the morning. We had our Mid-Year Exams today and our classes start from 12-4. So, that means we have extra time in the morning! Still, up to now, I haven't finished that Enhancement Program. Our Mid-Year lasted until 3. So fast because some of the subjects are easy, easy I tell you! Easy! Oh by the way, that overnight swimming left a scorching, painful sun burn on my shoulders. When I carried my bag, it hurts, you know. It hurts.

That's all for now, see ya! Evanesco!

PS. Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao!

Magagawa ko ba 'tong Enhancement Program bukas?