Year-End Post

So yes, here we are again! The time of the year where every person is kind and generous – Christmas. But then, let us not forget the very reason why we are all celebrating this in the first place. Let us spend an hour in the church to say our thanks to a magnificent past year. Merry Christmas to all! 🙂 Merry Christmas to my blog as well, whom I have spared very little time with. I actually regret every moment I wanted to put up a new post, but did not materialize. So I’m giving my all in this post. Well, not really. Just a little. Haha. But at least, I tried. Hahaha.

I have been very busy lately – couple of projects from major subjects, thesis, reviewing for job interviews, etc. My projects are doing well and my thesis is almost done (except the documentation proper). However, I am actually worried for my incoming job hunt. I don’t feel like I have the sufficient knowledge to be able to propel myself into greater heights. All I have now is booming confidence and motivation. (Yes, finally, motivation!) I had my very first job interview last week in Ascott Hotel, Makati for a semi-conductor company (Toshiba). That includes 3-layers of interview, which when passed, gives one the chance to work in Japan! How’s that for a dream job? 🙂

Anime-wise, I can’t believe I still haven’t finished even the first season of Honey and Clover! It’s not that I don’t like it, but I’m afraid that if I watch even two episodes in succession, I might lose track of time. However, I have managed to finish watching Giant Killing, and it was great!  A superb combination of sports, entertainment, and thrill indeed! It’s a must watch for football enthusiasts. I might actually create another review in the not so near future. Hahahaha. 🙂 [I can’t wait for Makoto Shinkai’s next film!]

I’m also enjoying the tabs I found for the songs of SCANDAL. The tabber(s) did an amazing job (from SCANDAL HEAVEN forums) and it’s such a pleasure to play and sing their songs. They are as great as ever! On the other hand, Jyukai haven’t had any updates recently (industry-wise), so it’s a bit sad. If you have any news about them, could you please update me? Thank you so much!

After the New Orleans Hornets started out the season with a bang, they are freely falling right now. Well, at least the Atlanta Hawks are putting up a decent fight. Tottenham Hotspurs are also fantastic this season (especially Gareth Bale and of course, my favorite player Rafael van der Vaart). Lazio, likewise, are doing an incredible job in the Serie A this season (with the reborn Mauro Zarate and great signing Hernanes). Sevilla… uhm, well.. I’d rather not talk about them.

That’s it for now I guess. See you again next time.

Again, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BLOG! 🙂

Update Yet Again

Yes sir! Lately, me and my guys have been helplessly addicted to frisbee! It’s a game that you don’t need to be an expert at to enjoy. All you need is a decent stamina and off you go! It’s really fun, you should try it! 🙂

Meanwhile, we have finally started creating a website for our project/competition entry. How was it? F*** it. I can’t believe it’s so damn hard to create a website. OMG please help us. Especially to all ActionScript 3.0 or Adobe Flex (MXML/XML with integrated GSM abilities, SQL/PHP, CSS/HTML), I need your help in coding parts of our website. Please? Thanks in advance. ^^

Consequently therefore, I failed to win at my NaNoWriMo endeavors once again, but that doesn’t disappoint because I actually enjoyed it. I will still keep writing when I have time because I enjoyed writing it. When it’s out, you better read it. ^^

Well, so long for now. Still waiting for that new Jyukai album. n_n

Life Update :)

 

Earlier this day, I went to school to register for the second semester. Lo and behold, it would be one of the worst days of my life since I could remember.

  • I arrived early at the enlistment class and just when the personnel printed my assessment form, it ended up an eternity for me. I waited for a VERY VERY long time! Other students have come and go, and yet there’s still no sign of my printed form! It took me more than 15 minutes before finally getting my hands on my form. (Stress O’ Meter: 20%)
  • Just when we are about to enlist in our classes, I found out there are actually 3 conflicts in the department class schedules! Not 1, not 2, but 3! Until now, it’s not yet fixed BS! (Stress O’ Meter: 60%)
  • I lined up for the payment of tuition TWICE! And it’s not even my fault! FK! (Stress O’ Meter: 85%)
  • I lined up for the ID Validation, only to find out that the line was not supposed to be there in the first place. So I had to line up again! (Stress O’ Meter: 90%)
  • I had a three game losing streak in FIFA. 😛 (Stress O’ Meter: 95%)

I just hope this sem will be as good, if not better, than the my last semester. 🙂

In any case, I also joined NaNoWriMo, and so far, my progress has been great (mainly because there are still no classes YET). I’m writing a little bit of fantasy-reality this time, but still slice-of-life/romance type. 😛 When I get the time to publish it again, please do read it. Comments highly appreciated. My last year experience was great, although I did not win. But this time, I’ll make sure it’ll be a WIN.

Anime-wise, I can’t find the motivation to finish Spice and Wolf 2, so yeah, I think I’m on the brink of dropping it. But “motivatedly” I will still watch White Album S2, Kimi ni Todoke, and Kobato. That’s for sure. 🙂

Sports-wise, the Phillies are fighting for their lives and I do hope they pull themselves together before the world witnesses another Yankee Championship. I’m getting tired of it. Utley for 3 HR in one inning yeah! Sevilla will have their UCL match later so yah, a win will secure their place in the last 16. Their table position is not so bad too, so I hope they continue it and improve even more. However, Aston Villa and Tottenham are not really performing well. Let’s hope they improve greatly sooner and later. Atlanta Hawks are in good form, but much to my demise, the Hornets aren’t. What a great disappointment. 😦

Also, I’m currently trying to play Kioku no Kakera in the piano. My goal before the this semester ends is to be able to play Toki wo Kizamu Uta. It’s very difficult, but I hope I get to pull it off. Looks like I’m also interested in playing Chiisana te no Hira, so we’ll see.

FIFA ’10 and NBA 2k10 are out in the stores now, so I hope I could play them real soon. 🙂

Jyukai, where art thou? I’m still waiting for your next singles. :[

Well, I’ll be busy writing my novel now: Princess of the Night. Please do look forward to it. Ja ne! 🙂

Sevilla FC 09-10 Preview

Taken from Goal.com – Written by Subhankar Mondal, Aug. 26, ’09: 7:00 AM

sevIn a league where there are as many crazy presidents as there are crazy sporting directors, where boardroom instability reigns supreme and short-term goals eclipse long-term vision, Sevilla provide the perfect example of how a football club should be run. They give importance to maintaining stability, working in coherence, sustaining a proper balance between short-term objectives and long-term goals – and all this has seen the Rojiblancos establish themselves as ‘the best of the rest’ in the Spanish Primera Division in the past few years.

Sevilla finished third last season, eight points behind second-placed Real Madrid and 17 behind champions Barcelona. This was the second time in the last four seasons that they have finished third, and this year they would certainly like to improve. The Andalucians have yet to make that leap that would help them break into the top two in Spain but it is generally acknowledged that if any club in Spain can break the Real Madrid-Barcelona duopoly, then it is Sevilla.

Summer Market

Sevilla do not have the monetary prowess of Real Madrid or the attraction of Barcelona but they do have a perfect sense of whom to buy and whom to sell. Sevilla have made three major additions to their squad from last season and all of the reinforcements were necessities.

Sergio Sanchez has arrived from Espanyol for €4 million and he is going to strengthen the right-back position. The 23-year-old Spanish defender is rated as one of the most promising in Spain and he will help cover the hole left by the departure of Daniel Alves last summer. Last season Adriano did perform decently at right-back but he is left-footed and is not a natural right-back. As for Abdoulay Konko, who was originally signed to replace Alves, the Frenchman suffered with injuries.

Sevilla have also imported Didier Zokora from Tottenham Hotspur for around €10 million. The Ivorian defensive midfielder is supposed to provide the necessary shield to the back-four, and his experience of playing in the more physical Premier League gives him an additional edge in his role as a defensive midfielder in La Liga.

The ‘buy of the summer’ for Sevilla, though, has been a certain Alvaro Negredo, whom perhaps even the supporters did not expect to arrive at Andalucia. The 24-year-old center-forward had been sensational for modest Almeria for the past two seasons and the reported €15 million paid to Real Madrid is money well spent. However, Negredo, who scored 19 times in the league in 2008-09, will have to fight with fellow strikers Luis Fabiano – whom president Jose Maria del Nido somehow kept out of the clutches of Italian giants Milan – and Frederic Kanoute for regular first string football.

Sevilla have also made a few other changes. Goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis has been shipped to Napoli in Italy, midfielder Enzo Maresca has left for Greek giants Olympiakos and defender Aquivaldo Mosquera has been offloaded to Mexican side Club America. Jose Angel Crespo, David Prieto, Armenteros and Trecarichi all have been sent out on loans while right-winger Tom de Mul has been recalled to the squad from his loan spell at Belgian side KRC Genk. Duda, Lolo, and Alejandro Alfaro have all returned after respective loan spells.


What Will Negredo Add To Sevilla?

Squad

Sevilla might pride themselves on playing fluid attacking and pacy football but last season it was their defense, and not their attack, that was their main strength. Andres Palop was once again reliable between the sticks and the back-four protected him well. Sevilla conceded only 39 goals last season, just four more than Barcelona, and have made only one change from that backline. Sergio Sanchez slots in at right-back, Julien Escude and Sebastien Squillaci remain the central defensive pairing and Fernando Navarro maintains his position at left-back.

Coach Manolo Jimenez would have a number of options in midfield. While Didier Zokora is expected to play the defensive midfielder’s role, Duscher and Renato can displace him as the season progresses. Romaric should be the playmaker-in-chief and he would be ably supported by Jesus Navas and Diego Capel on either wing. Jimenez would have the luxury of rotating his players as Diego Perotti looks to make 2009-10 his breakthrough season and can replace Capel at left-wing while fellow Argentine Lautaro Acosta is a talented attack-minded player.

At times Jimenez has not been too eager to play two strikers up-front but in the Frederic Kanoute-Luis Fabiano partnership, Sevilla do have one of the most lethal and prolific front-twos in Spain and probably in Europe. Kanoute has been excellent for the Rojiblancos for the past three seasons, and while Fabiano was slightly under par in 2008-09, the Brazilian international had a successful Confederations Cup campaign in the summer and after fending off a move to Milan should be at the top of his game once again. Negredo should challenge the front two and could displace one of them as the season wears on.

Star Man

Frederic Kanoute has been in sensational form almost always for Sevilla. The Malian international was the savior for the Andalucians in many a game last season and his 61 league goals in total for the club make him a modern day legend. Sevilla’s success and progress in the Spanish Primera Division as well as the Champions League this season would depend much on Kanoute’s goals and form.


Can Kanoute Fire Sevilla To The Title?

One To Watch

Diego Perotti has made only a handful of first-team appearances so far but the 21-year-old, who functions essentially as a left-winger but can feature as an attacking midfielder too, should make 2009-10 his breakthrough year. Although he has to compete with another talented left winger, Diego Capel, for a regular place in the starting line-up, this season Perotti could show the world his talent and caliber. With excellent dribbling qualities and marvelous technique, Perotti is going to be an exciting prospect for Sevilla in 2009-10.


Could Perotti Be The Revelation Of The Season?

Coach

Manolo Jimenez took charge of Sevilla in October 2007 at a time when the club had lost Antonio Puerta to death, Juande Ramos to Tottenham Hotspur and four matches in a row. The former Sevilla defender became a managerial Messiah as he led them to a fifth-place finish in the league, missing out on Champions League football only on goal difference. Last season Jimenez led the club to third in the league but the supporters thought that they should have done better.

There were considerable doubts about Jimenez’s future but del Nido kept faith in him and the 45-year-old will remain the coach this season too. Jimenez’s football has not been too endearing to the Pizjuan faithful, who complain of his reluctance to play with two strikers and think that Sevilla do not get as many points as they deserve or play as good football as they should with the players that they have. This season Jimenez has a tough task on his hands as he not only has to win matches by playing sensational football, he has also got to see that Sevilla make good progress in the Champions League.


Can Manolo Deliver The Goods This Time?


Objective

Sevilla are certainly top four material and everyone expects them to win an automatic Champions League place. The league title might appear just out of reach for the Andalucians thanks to the superiority in terms of depth and quality of the Barcelona and Real Madrid squads; but like last season Manolo Jimenez will be hoping to steer his side to third place. Club president del Nido and the fans, though, would cheer on for a title triumph – and Sevilla do have a decent chance of winning the league for the first since 1946, but under the current circumstances a top four finish should be their priority.

AFC: Malvides 3 – 2 Philippines

Got this from Maldives’ Soccer Website. Anyway, I’m a Filipino, so I’ll repost it. 🙂

Male’, MALDIVES – Maldives get the lifeline they want but the late consolation goal Philippines scored may cost them heavily in the process of qualifying to the AFC challenge cup. Maldives was the better side throughout the game but the visitors took the lead only after 10 minutes.

From a timely corner kick, defender Borromeo rose high to head home the opener.

It was a tense game between both sides, fouls were introduced early in the game and cards started to fly so soon.

Before the opening goal Hassan Rameez (Timo) proved his worth by punching away a decent shot from Arneta, which was clearly on target to the top corner.

In the 23rd minute Borromeo, the scorer, turned out to be the villain by giving away a penalty to home side when he clearly brought down skipper Ashfag (Dhagey) inside the penalty area. Referee didn’t hesitate to show straight red to Borromeo.

Oppo, who scored on Tuesday from a similar position, took the responsibility and sent English Premier League club Fulham’s reserve keeper the wrong way.

In the 29th minute, it would surely be 2 -1 if Shamveel Qasim (Bonda) reacted quickly to shot the ball when he received it all alone in the danger zone. But opponent defenders blocked the ball and Akram’s thunderbolt from the rebounded ball was inches away.

The magic move from a top class player came in the 45th minute. Dhagey proved why he is the ‘man of steel’ when two Philippines defenders couldn’t contain him inside the penalty area and a magic flick proved to be the turning point. Maldives leads at the break 2-1.

Philippines’ intention to stay back inside their half made things a little bit difficult for Maldives in the second half, but they were dominating the ball possession.

In the 50th minute Philippines defender did well to deny Akram inside the penalty area if not it would cost them a lot.

In the 70th minute Maldives survived a real scare from Philippines but from a counter attack they could have kill the game if Dhagey converted 2 Kilo’s cross from close range rather than hitting the ball to the keeper.

In the 78th minute Maldives hit a major blow, at least for the Bhutan game, when defender Sobah was given the marching orders for hitting an opponent player out of play.

But two minutes later 2 Kilo picked a back header from Philippines defender and gave no chance to keeper Neil and fired the ball to the far bottom corner to bring a nation to her feet.

But it was a disastrous moment for the home side in the injury time when substitute Gould headed a consolation goal.

NOTE: Fulham’s reserve keeper is a Filipino??? WOW! I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!


Anyway, here’s our national teem GK:

ethNeil Etheridge is an England born Fulham reserve goalkeeper and used to represent the Under 16 for England. But he played for the men’s national team of the Philippines on May, 2008.

Etheridge has a mountain to climb for him to get into first team play in the Premier League for Fulham since the club has just recently purchased two experienced goalkeepers. This kid looks promising though, he had a clean sheet when he represented his first three games for the Philippines. Hopefully, he will one day be in the level of Peper Reina or Schiemichaels.

Quick Profile:
Name: Neil Etheridge
Birth: February 7, 1990
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6′ 3″
Club: Fulham
Nationality: English, Filipino
International caps: 3

WTF!

Holy s***...

Holy s***...

Practicality vs Future. Champions League Contenders vs Relegation Could-Be’s. This is a tough choice to make. But if I were Kaka’, Milan is still the way to go. He already said in the public days ago that “I will grow old in Milan.” It’s such a shame to dirty your philosophy with just tons of cash in a team where I don’t see any potential to be in the top 6 of the Premier League. It’s just ABSURD!

News taken from GOAL.com.