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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. 🙂

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. 🙂

For the Stoners: Yes, it’s possible. November 28, 2006

Posted by benj in geek, puzzles.

disclaimer: this profile is not mine. I know of two people who have completed the puzzles and succesfully beaten the ENIGMA. I guess this should inspire us that it IS possible. I think I was among the first Pinoys to step into The Stone and I actually nudged these to people when they were new to it. But alas, they made me eat their dust. hehe

If you want more nudges go here.