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Wine = Whine January 28, 2007

Posted by benj in blogparteeh07, Friends, geek.

To the Philippine Blogging Community

I really don’t know what to make of what happened yesterday. I have no idea if I should stay in character or just clarify what I really meant with the things that I posted on this blog. The number of people who asked me if I really cut myself was in alarming levels and it was a real dilemma whether I should just play with it while flashing my ‘scar-less’ forearm or just be stern in being less sarcastic and sardonic (Ganns Deen, 2007). I leave it to your best judgment, guys. Now, link me! haha


To the dismay of everyone in attendance, I didn’t win the 30GB iPod video that was the biggest prize in the raffle. The iPod went to AJ. He struck a messiahnic rockstar pose as he embraced the big moment of winning the mp3 player. To everyone’s surprise, nobody tried to mug him on the way out.

My name was actually drawn twice for the raffle. I won a Yehey.com pen with laserpointer and pen light as well as a bottle of Bucks Fizz (white wine with orange juice) from Marks & Spencer. The latter would’ve been a perfect prize for me save for one tiny detail – I don’t drink.

The People

People who ignored this event definitely missed out big time. The who’s who of Philippine blogging was there. The ever recognizable Yuga was there along with the Philippine Webby winner Noemi who was friendly enough to approach me (28 years her junior) to ask for signature and name for one of the games. Mike Abundo was also there to face his flamers who unfortunately failed to show up.

It was also great to see the minds behind the blogs I frequent. Ade is as fat as advertised. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to talk to him for a long time. He and Aaron had to catch the last train so they left shortly after the raffle ended. Apparently, they attended for the iPod. Darwin, the young and diminutive owner of Juicelog was also in attendance. The ever gregarious Heneroso Bistokya was also at hand. Irvin – a debater from UPLB — also made it.

The magic tricks of Marcelle were a big hit as well. A few lucky gets were fortunate enough to go home with twisted and flared out forks. His entire magic show cum mentalism schtick was very freaky. Good thing I didn’t really pay that much attention. I wouldve had nightmares for months if I did. Disclaimer: this photo wasn’t taken during the trick. We were just posing with the already bent fork.

Jeff was once again golden as he won his second five-figure raffle prize in two months (the first one being an XBOX).

Since Ganns Deen has been blogging about me for a week already, I’ll be gracious enough to give him his own paragraph. Mister Deen was every bit I expected him to be – though I didn’t expect him to be THAT fat. He had the worst of luck of having to deal with a flat tire but of course, that balanced off with the priceless opportunity to meet me [finally] in person. Ganns was talkative as hell. He made me seem like one those silent types.

To Cathy, yes, your husband is picking on me! Please do something about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

The loot

These are the stuff that I took home from the party: [remember, going didn’t cost anything

  • four months FREE subscription to Mobile Magazine courtesy of Kevin
  • a USB fan courtesy of e-Yellow Pages.
  • a copy of Kerygma magazine… yipee?
  • a bottle of wine from Marks and Spencer
  • a wi-fi card worth three hours of surfing.
  • a pen from Yehey.
  • and most of all, half a dozen original glaze doughnuts from Krispy Kreme!

So there. Thanks to all the sponsors and committee members who made the party as smashing and successful as it was. Expect to see me for future blog events. ๐Ÿ™‚

Evil is our lair! January 7, 2007

Posted by benj in Friends, Music.

Worlds end…
but tonight, we can pretend.

It was amazing. Words wouldn’t do it justice.

photo credit


Tirso singing an Alice Cooper song for his wife. Happy Birthday Mrs. Ripoll! ๐Ÿ™‚

Crowd singing along to Natutulog Kong Mundo.

Basti thanking the crowd. Why the hell is this upside down? lol

Wolfgang with Kevin Roy doing a cover of Black Sabbath’s War Pigs

Wolfgang doing Very Free from the Wurm album

And yes…

Wolfgang doing a NEW SONG – RP DEATH SQUAD!!!
Video credits:

Mai S. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

The No Greeting Policy January 3, 2007

Posted by benj in Family, Friends, Philosophy & Religion.

I got more than fifty messages over the holiday period that pretty much had the same message – it was a short and obviously sent en masse to every other person that this individual knew. There is nothing wrong with holiday cheer. It’s the perfect time for families to get together and spend time with one another. It’s a great time to show your appreciation for other people by giving them tangible rewards.

What I don’t get is why people would still insist on greeting you inspite of the fact that you find the occasion very insulting to the very fabric of logic. The event fails to stand on many paradigms – including the roman catholic one. yes, the church has already hijacked this date from a former pagan day of worship, but the link is precarious at best.

The last few weeks have been telling as far a my family is concerned. Most (if not all) of them now know about my atheism. Apparently, non-attendance to the service the everyone else went to spells out as a major red flag. To “euphemize” it to the young ones, I was labeled as a non-xtian as opposed to an atheist.

I appreciate my family for their open-mindedness and respect for my autonomy to make my choice – but personally, I dont think my atheism is a choice — to verbalize and realize my disbelief. I just hope those idiots who sent me merry christmas messagesย  (sans the atheist disclaimer) would acquire similar common sense.

Of utmost importance November 6, 2006

Posted by benj in Friends.

this is the blog of my friend Vincent. He writes well and I think people should read his work. And yeah, he IS single.
Aight Vince, I hope this gets you hits. ๐Ÿ™‚

Selling Sampaguitas

โ€œKuya, bilhin mo na, sampung piso lang isa kuya,โ€ he said while tapping at my window. He was about 5 or 6 years old, with short, straight hair in mild disarray. He was thin and small, he was wearing an old, green shirt with numerous dark stains. He had big eyes. And he was asking me to buy his sampaguitas, in a small, earnest, and strangely persuasive voice. (more…)

Memoirs of a [Retired] Collegiate Debater October 27, 2006

Posted by benj in debate, Friends.



My former orgmates from the University of the Philippines Manila Debate Circle are currently strutting their wares against the best in the country at Baguio as I type this entry. Much of the time I spent outside school activities was spent with the Debaters and as geeky as it sounds, the debaters are definitely my kind of people. The humor is simply perverse and intellectually-stimulating at the same time. ๐Ÿ™‚