Editor's Notes: I never realized how it easy it is to get in touch with celebrities directly with the use of social networking. I can send message to them freely with Twitter but not all of them can answer my messages right away because of privacy and trust issues. Aside from that, celebrities have busy schedules and may have limited time to handle questions from someone in the world wide web.

I was fortunate enough to met one of the 2011 Miss Earth candidates and got the chance to talk to her online. I was impressed not only her physical beauty but the way she handled herself as a representative of her glorious nation. Apart from her lovely accent, Roxanne Smith is one interesting woman with affection for the sweet chocolate treats to the beauty of nature all around her.

Although, I'm never been a fan of beauty pageants, fashion shows, and other so-called "girly" stuff, my girlfriend encouraged me to write something outside of comfort zone. So I tried. Roxanne's favorable impression of her short Cebu detour, prompted me to contact her and make a small interview so that she can talk about her experiences in our country so far.

1. How was your experience in Cebu?

My experience was fantastic.
* - Well, nothing can really top Filipino hospitality if I may say!

2. If you have the chance to live on the island, what are the three things that you want to do?

I would eat lots of mango, travel to as many islands as (I can) poss(ibly) and go to see the underground river...
* - Wondering where could that be. Anyway, it would be lovely to see her with a bag of dried mangoes or a slice of a delectable piece of yellow mango.

3. Describe your daily routine in three words.

Tough, exciting, enjoyable
* - Wow, what can I say? She really loves our place, I'm wondering if she's going back here soon! Anyway, I'll be looking forward to it.

4. What do you do online? How do you get in touch with your fans?

I only use social networks such as Facebook and Twitter
* - Great news for netizens out there. She's open to people who would love to strike a good and meaningful conversation with her.

5. Anything you want to say your fans here in Cebu?

Thank you to all those who have supported me and continue to do so, you all made my time in the Philippines so enjoyable :) xoxo
* - You may not have won the competition but I still find you the best candidate there is. Good luck to your feature endeavours. Keep on rocking Roxanne. Keep in touch as always.

Photo Credits: http://pageantgirl.co.uk

Seeing the sad image of a man clutching his dead child, crying in agony as the city was destroyed by raging waters. Aside from the homes and properties that were destroyed, the lives of countless innocent men, women, and children were washed away too! In the following images and videos, graphic scenes are shown so readers' discretion is advised.

As shown on the map posted at www.cdodev.com, the impact of the rising water is quite apparent. It is quite shocking to know that water rose beyond waist-level within minutes. People never had enough time to go to higher grounds before it was way too late for some.



For those who want to help these people get back on their feet, check out the information below:


. Xavier University, Tabang Sendong
Account Name: Xavier University
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands, CDO Divisoria Branch
Account Number: 9331-0133-63
According to XU-CSG President, GemGem Tero, food and clothes donations are more needed.
Any help: food, clothes, books, bottled water or others can be sent to Fr. Eric Garcia Velandria S.J. Coordinator of Sendong Operation, KKP Office, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, 9000, Corrales Ave. Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

TS Sendong ravaged Mindanao with devastating rains, unleashing flash floods & landslides that left a death toll of 436 & a trail of destruction. We are in need of immediate cash assistance to continue providing relief and recovery efforts for all those affected. Donate now and text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart), or make a donation at any Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop nationwide, or visit any Red Cross Chapter. Thank you!

Christmas Feeding Program:
Makati City: 3553 Durango St., Palanan, Makati City 1235. Contact Migz @ 09065777812 or 09227130006
Quezon City: Berkeley Residences, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Contact Jamie Steffani Mijares @ 09157744244
Taft Avenue: Madison Square Condominium, Taft Avenue, Manila, Right infront of De La Salle University, Right beside Kenny Rogers . Contact Roden Lim @ 09164198655

Drop off points in Iligan for the Christmas Feeding Program:
Pala-O: Pasillo, beside calda/shoppe24 palao.

We need all the donations we can get, food clothes, money, sleeping mats, medical supplies, anything. Thank you so much.

For Cash Donations: For Iligan Victims Cash Donations, you may deposit in this account
Account name: Association of IIT Alumni Foundation Inc.
Bank: BDO – - Iligan Quezon Avenue Branch
Account No: 003120169026

They will be providing complete financial audit documents to ensure that your money will help the hundreds of displaced victims in Iligan City, especially the evacuees in MSU – IIT Gym.

Please do not hesitate to contact Rei Lena Maranda thru 09052665014 or at rei.maranda@pms.gov.ph/rei_lena@yahoo.com for questions and clarifications.

We need all the help we can get.

Department of Social Welfare and Development
Volunteers are needed at DSWD Cagayan de Oro (Masterson Road, Upper Carmen) to repack and deliver relief goods. Call 09066150095 @DSWDserve

The Oblate Missionary Foundation (OMF) accepts donation for the victims of Sendong.
Email us: oblate.missionaryfoundation@gmail.com
Call or text us 0644212652/09177204604/09228366422
You can send food items, drinking water, used clothing, blankets, medicines, cash and what you have to the following dropping centers.

Panday Bulig Relief and Rehabilitation Center
tabang Mindanao Center 12th-22nd streets, Nazareth 9000 Cagayan de Oro CityT/F: +63 (88) 856 6413E: pandaybulig@gmail.com(look for Ms. Beryl Tranco)
Rural Missionaries of the Philippines
Northern Mindanao Sub-Region Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde9200 Iligan CityT/F: +63 223 5179E: rmpnmr@gmail.comW: www.rmp-nmr.org(look for Ms. Ida Melody Bucog)

Drop Center in Metro Manila c/o StartArt Project
10A Alabama st New Manila Quezon CityMobile:+63926 7112450
For cash donations, please send to this account:
Bank Name and Address:Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)Quezon Avenue branch, 9200 Iligan City, Philippines
Account number: 009359-1348-08
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
Account Name and Address: RMP-NMR Inc.
Armed Forces of the Philippines

The Civil Relations Service AFP at Camp Aguinaldo is accepting donations. It will fly donations/relief goods via C130.

Contact details: Situation Awareness Center (SAC), CRS AFP, Camp Aguinaldo, QC

Landline: 912-6615

CP Nr. (0917)2471252

Focal Person: Lt. Col. Rolando Rodil, Operations Officer

Donate to Typhoon Washi/Sendong Relief

Sagip Kapamilya accepts donations in cash or in-kind.

For donations in kind, you can drop them off at:
ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse #137 Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City

For cash or cheque donations, you may go to:
ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.
Mother Ignacia Avenue corner E. Lopez St. Brgy. South Triangle, QC
Office tel. no: +632-411-4995 or +632-415-2272 loc 3765

or deposit to:

Peso Account:
Bank Name: Banco De Oro
Bank Account No.: 393-011-4199
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Dollar Account:
Bank Name: Banco De Oro
Bank Account No.: 393-008-1622
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

* For confirmation of donation, please fax (+632-411-4995) or email (sagip@abs-cbn.com) copy of transmittal slip with complete donor’s information.

Update from Erika Cruz: Floodwaters have subsided but it left 113 dead in Iligan City as of 3pm. Emergency number is 811. Donations: Grace Saquilabon (CSWD Head) 09173089172. Donations will be centralized in the Iligan City Town Plaza starting 8am tomorrow.

Volunteers are needed to repack/deliver relief goods. Please Call/Text 09052802002 (Erika).

Locations for relief goods and volunteers available right now: IIT Gym and BACUD Center c/o Pina Rabon 09168317399. Address: Brgy. Palao, near land bank.


TV5 Kapatid Foundation
Cash donations may be sent through the following accounts:
TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc. BDO Savings Account No. 005310-410164 and
Bank of the Philippine Islands Savings Account No. 1443-05333-2
Donations in kind like food, clothing, utensils, blankets, mats, water containers, and medicines may be sent to News5 Aksyon Center, TV5 office in San Bartlolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.
For inquiries, please call News5 Aksyon Center hotline – 938-6393.


Let’s help the victims of Typhoon Sendong. One way is to donate via Red Cross. Do this by texting RED to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart).You can donate 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 for Globe and 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 for Smart. More information here: http://www.redcross.org.ph/donatenow

Editor's Note: In commemoration of Jose Rizal's 115th death anniversary, I'm writing about his last Christmas in Dapitan, Zamboanga Del Norte before his execution at Bagumbayan on December 30, 1896. Ever wonder what he did when he has a few more days in this world? Christmas would have been different for him than what we have right now.

If you are condemned to die on a firing squad, how will you feel? If time is ticking and you will be celebrating your last Christmas, what do you think is on your mind? An extraordinary man like Jose Rizal would think more about what's going to happen to his countrymen when he dies. Who will pick up the slack and continue the fight for freedom?

Despite the dark clouds looming over him, Rizal's Christmas of 1895 may have been one of the happiest events of his life for it was the time that he let himself loose in paradise of Dapitan. For the first time, he was living like a free man and away from the burdens of the propaganda movement and running away for the enemies - both real and imagined. For a change, he dwell himself with the idea of being a domestic. The presence of his Irish wife Josephine Bracken made him someone he never dreamed of - a loving "husband" and a good housekeeper.

In fact, he was probably loving the domestic solitude that he thought about living in Dapitan for good. Josephine even learned to work like a Filipina wife should do from cleaning the house to cooking delectable native dishes. Rizal even wrote to his sister Trinidad, "She cooks, washes, takes care of the chickens and the house. In the absence of miki for making pancit, she made some long macaroni noodles out of flour and eggs, which serves the purpose. If you could send me a little angkak, I should be grateful to you, for she makes bagoong. She makes also chili miso, but it seems to me that what we have will last for 10 years."

In his humble home in Talisay (outskirts of Dapitan), Rizal had his last Christmas party (if you call it that way) wherein Josephine personally taken control of the event. There was the ever-popular lechon where Rizal roasted a small pig on a slow charcoal fire. The neighbors and other people in the surrounding areas attended where they were treated with Rizal's favorite chicken broth made from the fat hen he personally chose. Rizal eventually recalled the event in his letter to his sister, "We celebrated merrily, as almost always. We roasted a small pig and hen. We invited our neighbors. There was dancing, and we laughed a great deal until dawn."

In retrospect, the celebration of Rizal Day on December 30 should be the same as the way we celebrate Independence Day on June 19 and Rizal's Birthday on June 19. We tend to overlook Rizal Day as an important holiday and historical date. Is it because New Year's Day and Christmas are much more important?

By the time he was on his lonesome under the dark corridors of his cell in Fort Santiago, Christmas was nowhere near as he was busy preparing for the trial of treason. He haven't sent any Christmas cards and letters to friends and family that he used to. On his letter to defense attorney Luis Taviel de Andrade:

"I have been waiting for you this morning to speak with you about an important matter, but undoubtedly your pursuits did not permit you to come. If you have time to spare, I should like to speak with you before I appear before the Council. I would appreciate it very much, this afternoon, this evening or morning."

"Wishing you Merry Christmas, I reiterate I am as ever your attentive, affectionate servant and client who kisses your hand."

Sad and dreary unlike the letters he sent to his family and friends when he was still in Europe a few years back:

A letter to Ferdinand Blumentritt, written in German on December 10, 1891 when Rizal was in Hong Kong
A letter to his nephew, introducing greetings in English

It is quite obvious that Christmas would be quite gloomy and miserable when you know the fact that you're going to die on a firing squad. There is no record of his last noche buena and condemned criminals are quite lucky because they get to eat their last meal with the favorite foods they want.

What if Jose Rizal was not in prison waiting for his judgment and exection? Well, he would probably helped his siblings put on the parols and other Christmas decor in their home in Binondo or perhaps spend quality time with Josephine in a romantic sunset of Dapitan.

Contrasting his sad experience in Fort Santiago was his unforgettable Christmas on his first year in Dapitan where he shared his winnings of Manila Lottery by investing in public health and public works. He even spent his Christmas dinner with the city's Spanish commandant wherein Rizal recalled, "I spent a merry Christmas here. It could not have been merrier. I had a happy dinner on Christmas eve, together with my host (the commandant), three Spaniards from a neighboring town, and a Frenchman. We heard Mass at 12:00 midnight, for you know I go to Mass here every Sunday."

Rizal loved native food but he was also a picky eater
Though he loved native cooking, Rizal was a picky eater too. In fact, he even requested his mother to send him some Laguna cheese, mangoes and “terrinas de foie gras.” But what strikes me the most is the fact that he fancies the "expensive" foie gras that Parisians love. Rizal would become pot bellied if he ate too much pork during his entire Dapitan stay. He wrote to Trinidad that there were so many fruits to eat such as pineapples, atis and mangoes. He said he ate beef rarely and that he slaughtered one chicken a month. He was tired of pork that there was so much lard that could use so they gave some away.

Though Dapitan has a good fishing ground, fish as becoming scarce and Rizal said that they only had small shrimps and anchovy. Since he stopped planting, there was a scarcity of vegetables and so he wrote his sister asking for tokwa, monggo, and dried small fish.

The Story of Jose Rizal by Johann Stockinger
Rizal's Last Christmas by Ambeth Ocampo
Jose Rizal Greets You a Merry Christmas by Penelope Flores

It's been raining like crazy this past few days (Photo Credit: peryodistang-pinay.blogspot.com)

People always say "...when it rains, it pours..."

I seem to agree that sentiment that rain can be menace to our normal daily activity. I disrupts us physically, mentally, and emotionally. People get sick because of the rain. Some do get mad when they are late for appointment or their favorite jeans got muddied. The dirty, murky, and oftentimes, smelly outflow of drainage water can bring dangerous levels of toxic sludge. Health bulletins are announced regarding the rising cases of dengue and leptospirosis put the fear in us.

Rain always bring flood in some areas (Photo Credit: cebucitylife.com)
Have you ever seen the rain changing the landscape of mountains and rivers. Rocky limestone mountain surface are transformed into soft muddy morass and rivers overflow beyond its capacity to flood low-lying lands just like how the Chao Phrya River deluged Bangkok into submission. Will it ever to us? The effects of global warming and climate change has made this part of the year, the wettest season by far. And if that's not all, the country, being the typhoon capital of the world, will probably experience two more typhoons and weather disturbance in the coming year.

I remember the time when I was still a young kid, who gets fascinated with the rain. I play all day in cold rainy spells and perhaps follow what other kids of my age do. Having mud fights while some do swim on stagnant ditches. Others would try to get others wet by stomping puddles of water in potholes just to get others muddied up.

I guess my girlfriend seem to agree that when it's Christmas, rain will follow. For the last few Christmas, it really rained like crazy. God may have thinking that rain would probably curtail the number of people blowing their hands off from dynamites masquerading as harmless firecrackers.

We are a tropical country, although we will not suffer from the great flood that Noah survived, it is expected that the sea level would rise and a torrential rain would bury us with with water beyond our wildest imagination. I don't believe that the world is coming to an end on 2012 but the planet will have to end sooner or later. I don't know, I really don't know...

As long as raindrops keep falling on your head, you have to be thankful because life depends on it. Be thankful that you keep seeing the rain.

Toys? More toys! Lots of toys! But these toys are relics of the past, some are very old that I think your grandparents may have played it when they were still young while some are so valuable that its even more expensive than my newest Playstation 3 console.

Its officially called MINT, the Museum of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys, which is the first purpose-built museum for toys. Vintage toys are from all over the world such as Germany, Japan, UK, and the USA.

The museum houses a world class collection of over 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia dating from the mid-19th century to mid-20th century. It is thematically exhibited over 4 levels: (1) Outerspace -- which contains mostly sci-fi toys; (2) Characters -- which contains famous action figures; (3) Childhood Favourites -- which contains various childhood memorabilias; and (4) Collectables -- which contains collectors items. They also have a souvenir shop as well as cafe. The cafe serve exquisite dessert, and I mean exquisite.

"Whoever has the most toys before he dies, wins." Thats most interesting sentence that I encountered in the museum. I guess that speaks for itself.

I never had so many toys in my lifetime, in fact, my toy collection interest was suppressed when I was a kid. My aunt used to keep all our toys inside a locked cabinet, we can only play it when she wants us to. She doesn't want the toys to be destroyed because it's too "expensive" but whats the reason for playing the toys? All toys will soon worn down and ultimately damaged for good, right? When I got older I finally saw my toys in "very bad condition" and I saw the toys at the museum, it gives me an idea to make a vintage toy museum myself. I'm not kidding, am I?

Would love to create a museum just like that but first I have to collect toys before it's way too late! Perhaps, I would start with freakishly Chuckie-looking ventriloquist doll.

Check out the toys at the Singapore Toy Museum if you want to relive your lost childhood.

MINT Museum Of Toys  
26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
+65 6339 0660 ‎

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Its been 70 years ago since Japan made that daring sneak attack on the US Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor that plunged the world into global chaos and destruction. Despite the mounting evidence and documentaries that supported the thesis that the Imperial Japanese Navy made that move to temporarily buy time as the damaged US Navy can get back on its feet, there are mysteries and conspiracy theories that are left unanswered as to why the Japanese never capitalised the situation to push the Americans into the brink of avoiding a war in two fronts.

I do believe that history will become a science when man invents the time machine but the problem lies in the human behavior and tendency to do certain things different from what is usual. We always make choices and decisions big and small so any divergence will create different analogs of the reality we know. Even time can play a factor in changing the fabric of time and space so if someone makes a decision one minute too late then the ripples of this divergence may alter the things to come! So what if we can rewind and skip FDR's famous speech and go back to the time when the Japanese were bound to their next target - the Hawaiian Islands.

By this time, the war in China was raging and Japan just received Indochina from the French. All the arrows are pointing towards other directions, including the far-flung Pacific islands and the American colonial bastion of the Philippines. What if the Americans were badly prepared than usual and Chuichi Nagumo and Isoroku Yamamoto woke up well? Could these minor changes in the behavior and personal atmosphere can change the whole course to a different direction? The answer is YES! Small things can create divergence in history that is so great that the outcome would be different from what we know.

Possessing hindsight of what might have happened or superior technology from the future are usual storyline for alternate histories. In my case, I would prefer the sudden changes in personal decisions and other minor quirks.

Bombing Pearl Harbor into submission and followed by an actual beachhead of the Hawaiian islands may put a fear into the Americans back at home. To prevent possible reinforcements from the Atlantic fleet, Japanese submarines with aircrafts can deliver a knockout blow by destroying the Panama Canal in another Pearl Harbor-like bombing run. An audacious attack like this would prevent the Americans from getting involved in the Pacific War as long as the Japanese submarines can provide rear guard action on the American west coast. The full might of the Imperial Japanese Navy will be unleashed in the helpless European colonies in Asia.

As the attack on Pearl Harbor happened, Panama Canal is laid siege while bombs fell on San Francisco and Los Angeles. Reinforcements are forced to travel down to Tierra del Fuego while Japanese and German submarines pick out the transport ships and escorts one by one. The lightly defended Pacific coast would succumb to the fury of the Imperial Japanese Marines. The United States would probably capitulate in less than a year.

With wunderwaffe and technological superiority, our lives would have been different under the Japanese flag all thanks to some insignificant change in the timing of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor or the way the Japanese task force operated their war plans. We may never know the possibilities of Japan winning the war.

I have always thought that my ultimate burger was the Big Mac then my changed as I ate a double-beef patties layered burger with cheese and TLC. Unfortunately, I was wrong because charbroiled burger with "real" beef without extenders proved to be much superior. Getting served with a cholesterol dose of good burger from Flame It and Carl's Jr. makes me wonder if it is the pinnacle of all the countless burger meals that I had in my lifetime.

I never realized how technology has advanced to the point that chefs and food technologists tried to dissect the ultimate burger and go in great lengths to reinvent it by introducing cryo-technology just to cook a beef pattie into something uniquely science fiction. Have you ever tried your luck munching beef dipped in liquid nitrogen and then vacuumed-sealed only to be deep-fried in searing heat?

How much would it cost for a burger made in 36 hours? Can you wait for your order if it takes quite a long time to get it done? If you want to know, let's break it down according to its layers.

The burger has a glaze made of suet, pureed toato confit, beef stock, and smoked salt. Maitake mushroom that is sauteed in beef suet is added. The Romaine lettuce is infused sous vide with liquid hickory smoke. a tomate slice is vacuum-compressed to ensure its freshness.

A slice of cheese is made from an aged Emmental, Comte, and wheat ale. The most important is the beef patty that is a short-rib grounded vertically to align the grain. The ketchup is made of crimini mushroom mixed with honey, horseradish, fish sauce, ginger, and allspice.

Bon apetit! Modernist Cuisine that's quite some burger but no thank you. I still prefer my regular yum from Jolibee.

It is always been said that Christmas is always meant for children. And Christmas is always time for kids to prove to their mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, and grandparents that they were good. Santa Claus would always know who's naughty and nice.

However, life is difficult nowadays since everything is expensive. Not all people can have the best Christmas dinner of ham, spaghetti, fruit salad, cakes and all trappings of a traditional family meal. Petty thieves, pickpockets, drug addicts, and street children roam the streets for fast money.

They hijack the Christmas tradition of caroling just to earn money for something they need -- not food but a volatile substance called rugby. Sometimes they go for shabu if they managed to earn enough money. Some of these kids give their money to their parents for their own personal benefits while some are honest to goodness helping them survive the day. Many of them are putting themselves in danger because they risk themselves getting hit by cars and trucks. Holding on the railings of a jeepney is dangerous too. Other than that, they are also exposed to the harsh elements -- the sweltering heat and the noxious pollution.

For their part, its not easy to ask for money. As they always say, its better to ask for money than stealing. In my book, its still stealing because they are not providing service in return. Besides, no one asked them to sing for us with their beatbox and rap medley of "Christmas" songs. Its really "sirang plaka."

Some of them have the guts to say that "we don't have the heart because we don't give them money for their needs." We work hard everyday to earn money and they just ask for it as easy as that? I don't think so. I would prefer giving some of my hard earn money to an old or handicapped mendicant than to an addicted kid or a menacing kleptomaniac.

Do you still believe in the spirit of Christmas when some punks hijack the spirit just to scare the crap of ordinary people just doing about their business?

It's your choice...these carolers are more persistent that you give them money, not just one peso but atleast five pesos. Sometimes they seat beside you with their menacing look or innocent eyes. Once you give in to their demands, they keep continuing it once the Christmas is all over. On the other hand, some scums go to house to house to "carol" but they are really doing their reconnaissance work by checking out which household they want to steal something.

I'm no Ebenezer Scrooge but I say "humbug" to them!

(credits to Christian Anthony Añana / pinoyexchange.com)

After winning the 2011 MLS Cup, star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy, with the talismanic ex-England captain David Beckham at the helm, American posterboy Landon Donovan, and enigmatic Irish forward Robbie Keane, is expected to play against the Philippine Azkals at the ancient Rizal Memorial Stadium in what has been dubbed as "The Dream Match." With the astronomical ticket prices lowered, it is expected that the expected attendance figures would rise up. In my case, I would probably want to watch it on television eventhough the idea of meeting these guys on the flesh is quite remote.

Rumors are rife that Becks, the MLS' highest paid player, is planning to bolt out of the team ala Lebron James. Lured by the big money of French Ligue 1 team Paris St.-Germain, the football icon is expected to become the most anticipated player in the football's transfer window. It is said that Chelsea and Cote D'Ivoire forward Didier Drogba is offered to replace Becks in case the transfer has been finalized.

Much like what I saw in the NBA-PBA All Star exhibition series, there is nothing to expect but a goodwill game atmosphere between our team flavored with mixed-race players and formidable MLS team powered by known internationals. Much like the result of the Galaxy's recent victory of the Indonesian national team, Becks and company is expected to have a goal-scoring spree or settle for a 1-0 scoreline.

I have to see it for myself on December 3. It's a date!

I never realized that Istoryadista has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2011 Best Cebu Blog Awards to be held on December 9, 2011 at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall. There are 40 other talented and interesting bloggers who will vie for the top awards so being added as a finalist is already a huge accomplishment for me. I'm looking forward to meet other bloggers and get to know them. I would like to thank the nameless readers and visitors who made my every waking day and sleepless nights meaningful. As promise, I will keep on writing fresh, new, and interesting articles that will talk about everything under the sun.

I'm planning to do a new series called "Conversations With...," wherein I intend to chat with prominent online individuals and ask them five questions related to anything from what they put in their bags to the favorite video games to play. This is where I will utilize social networking as a medium to keep in touch with people. If you are interested to be featured in my site, please drop a line. A sneak peek, I will feature Miss Earth 2011 candidate Roxanne Smith from England.

My history series will continue with a focus on the mundane and unknown. I intend to cover more video game, travel, and culinary topics soon.

See you at the award's night!

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