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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Angels & Demons... the Verdict...

Everyone I know who's seen both Da Vinci and Angels has been telling me that Angels is a better movie than Da Vinci (which I've been hoping will be the case). But, I kept my expectations at bay for fear of getting disappointed come the time I would go and see it...

And saw it we did, my wife and I, yesterday, at Trinoma. Well, I couldn't agree more that it is (by far) a lot better than Da Vinci, despite the slight changes in the story.

The musical score, the cinematography, the effects... all very nice. The acting was pretty good too, though I got a bit bothered by Ewan's... I don't know, he seemed a bit stiff and unnatural.

The catchphrases were pretty good (IMO)... as a matter of fact I got a couple stuck on my mind (though they may not be 100% correct):

"If you're going to write about us, and surely you will write about us... be gentle."

"Religion is flawed, and that's because MEN are flawed..."

I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

By the way, does anybody know why they changed the fifth brand/ambigram???

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bumaligtad Pa Man Ang Mundo (Even If The World Would Turn Upside Down)...

Finally, after more than a month of being just a rough sketch/idea on a page of my notebook (the spring-bound paper kind), I got to refine it digitally last night. And here it is, in .png format and with transparent background, for all you patriots out there to download/copy and place on your blogs/websites (that is if you like it as much as I do, hehehe).

Bumaligtad Pa Man Ang Mundo, Pilipino Ako!

If you should so desire, you are very much welcome to use it whichever way you like as long as it's for your PERSONAL and/or NON-COMMERCIAL USE.

For anyone interested in using the design commercially, just leave me a comment. By the way, make sure to provide your email address when you do so that I can get back to you. Thanks. :)

I would VERY MUCH appreciate it if you'd provide a backlink to this particular post whenever and wherever your usage of the design permits. The link of this particular post is:

It's up to you how you're going to use the link with the image... use it to make an image link or put the link somewhere near the image... as I've said, it's all up to you. I'm not asking much, am I? I would appreciate it a great lot also if you'd also leave a few words of love.

I've also posted a 1024 x 768 desktop wallpaper bearing this design on my flickr account if you're interested.

Bumaligtad Pa Man Ang Mundo, Pilipino Ako!

By the way, if you haven't noticed it yet, the sentence "Pilipino Ako!" is an ambigram... turn it upside down or right-side-up, it'll say the same thing.

Update 1: May 26, 2009 - Brought the design to the National Library for copyright registration.

Update 2: June 6, 2009 - Mugs bearing the ambigram design will soon be available at SugarPrints.

Update 3: June 17, 2009 - "Pilipino Ako!" Ambigram Mugs and Memo Pads now available at SugarPrints!

Update 3: June 24, 2009 - "Pilipino Ako! Car Decals now available at SugarPrints!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Buy Any Fern And... D'oh!

I first saw a sign, like the one pictured above, about a month or so ago somewhere near the Elliptical Road.

Dumbfounded, I struggled to make sense out of the sign(s)… “U-turn Slot” translates to “Likuan U” in Filipino… check… “Likuan U” sounds like “Lee Kuan Yew”… check…

But still, it didn’t make any sense. I wondered, “is it really necessary to translate ‘U-turn Slot’ into Filipino?”

I ended up thinking that some wisecrack may have put it up as a sort of joke.

I saw the sign again at the U-turn slot near Trinoma last Sunday (pictured above) and, to silence my questioning mind, I turned to Google for insights.

So far, everything I’ve read points to the MMDA (itself) as the “culprit”, and most are saying that the (ridiculous) signs are part of Mr. Bayani Fernando’s campaign/puro paganda, er... propaganda for the 2010 Presidential Elections.

So, what does “Lee Kuan Yew” have to do with Mr. Fernando? Well, according to what I’ve read, the man idolizes Lee Kuan Yew, the former Prime Minister of Singapore who is often credited with being the architect of Singapore’s present prosperity.

If all these are true... *Place mile-long sigh here*

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