bringing the past.

it was a boring saturday night when some of my high school friends invited me to go out with them. of course, i said "YES" and spent some of my time (from 6-12MN) with them..

they invited me to a bar hopping but luckily, i said "NO". yeah, limitations. SELF-LIMITATIONS. i know when to say "yes" and "no".. :]

i've had a great time with them.



Ateneo de Davao University

Natural Science and Mathematics Division

Course Code: NS 2
Course Title: Introduction to Physical Sciences
Course Weight: 3 units
Instructor: Dr. Juanito Dasilao, Jr.

Canovas, France Lyle
Cutamora, Algene May
Dela Peña, Noel
Paclauna, Kim Joelu
Padilla, Jerico
Sebio, Christian Dave
Sexcion, Kim


At the end of the report, the students should be able to:
1. Identify the different basic concepts in Seismology.
2. Contrast magnitude from intensity.
3. Know the different scales used by different countries in identifying intensity.
4. Understand how earthquake predictions are made.
5. Learn the safety measures whenever earthquake strikes.


Cutamora, Algene May, O.
0919******* or 0905*******

the tree.

our friendship is like a tree..
a tree used to be strong and tall. but as time passes by, the leaves began to fall, the branches started to break one by one and the tree eventually died.. our friendship used to be closely bonded. but as time passes by, things started to separate us from one another, others began to fall out of the group and we're almost dying..

*st. mutien marie (SY 05-06)*

it was in a four-walled classroom where everything has started.
i was in my junior year when i met the "mutienians". they were the best friend i've had for the past 3 years.. i thought they would stay with me for the rest of my life but i was wrong (or maybe right).

look at the pictures below. see how happy we were on our high school days..

*kiddie cake. i made it with some mates..*

*at the stairs we call "stairs of endless happiness"..*

*one kulitan afternoon with the guys..*

*belai's kulitan with roque*

*after promenade pic at belai's kamayan resto*

*promenade 06*

*merienda at the kamayan of tita teody*

*with the king of mutien (in yellow - sir roque) and the adopted mutienians*

*at the club house*

*at home with paul, shang, jing and roque*

*last day at school. finally, GRADUATION!*

*more pictures at: mutienians*

even after college, we still see each other.. the difference? everyday or six times a week became once a month or worse, thrice in a semester. because of the busy schedules and location of school..

college days..

*with aya and yie at home*

*yie, me and shang at my room + pancit canton and ice cream..*

*at my place - balcony..*

*dinner at penong's davao*

*at atty. mikmik's cottage*

*outside dr. raffy's residence*

more photos at: mutienians

the last outing i've had with the group was 2 months ago.. the last time i've hanged out with some of my close friends in the group was a month ago. :(

*two months ago*

*a month ago*

a lot of things have been trying to separate me from them. i hate it..
i got into a fight with a guy in the group because of his girl friend.
i and my buddies are in our second year in college - more busy than before.
a friend of mine has transfered to cdo and she might not come back to our place.
roque has finally moved to cebu.
and a lot more..

i cried and then, i heard the rain..

- Spongecola Lyrics



What are the consequences if grammatical lapses are committed?

The consequences could vary from one setting to another. If lapses are committed in a formal setting, the consequences may be as follows:

1. The speaker or writer’s reputation is somehow affected such that questions arise whether that person indeed learned his grammar well; and

2. The formality of the situation could be diminished in one way or another considering that the audience may get distracted with them.

On the other hand, if they are committed in a non-formal setting, the audience may just laugh it off and disregard the whole thing.

Why is it important to become familiar with appropriate and formal ways of using the English language?

It is important because language use should always fit the context within which it is used. Slang is obviously not proper for research papers; otherwise, the paper itself will not be believed no matter how exceptional the study is.

Conversely, learned or schooled language is not exactly appropriate if merely talking in the market. This is not to say though that one could speak rudely in a non-formal context, only that the language used should adapt to the situation. Otherwise, this inability to adapt may be taken against the speaker or writer. (re: socio-linguistic proficiency)

thanks to: ate felai, ate jane, ate joy, 3js global wireless connection :)


sink or swim?

hay. here i go again, allowing some things to stop me from studying.. i should have studied my econ subject by now and yet, here i am, facing my laptop, surfing in the internet and watching mr. monk series for the nth time..


i have to get back to myself 'cause i've noticed that i'm becoming lazy again. this can't happen! i have to get good grades so that i'll stay under the accountancy program. i won't allow school and bussiness governance division to kick me out of the course i love. NO! never.

the hardest question i'm facing:
"sink or swim?"

i know, this post is nonsense. sorry if you wasted your time opening this.:]

hate to like.

"you can learn to love the things you hate only if you allow yourself to.."

*at my dorm room. ang kalat noh? you know, student. LOL.*

i wasn't smiling. why? why? can you guess?
yeheeey! you got it right! yes, i'm not happy with my pe uniform. i'm not used to it!

i woke up this morning as early as 5AM not because i'm excited for my saturday classes but because i have to attend those. if i won't, i would fail and i don't want that to happen.. around 7AM, i ate my breakfast and got dressed. i faced the mirror for countless times and felt hesitant to go to school. why? again, because i was wearing a pe uniform which would be the last thing i would want to wear.. i felt that i looked so awful.

i don't know what i did that i still managed to go to school feeling okay. maybe because i told myself that i'm really good in it. yeah, a matter of mindset. you know me, i just tell myself repeatedly, "hey algene. you look good.." and then i start feeling good for the rest of the day.. i just smile and smile until the bad feeling fades away.

my PE CLASS started around 10AM just after my fydp class.. everything i did in PE was a lot full of fun. i enjoyed our aikido, a japanese martial art, activities. it was really good! although 85% of our class are boys, the section still gets along well together. for the rest of the semester, we'l be doing aikido! FUN!

"you can learn to love the things you hate only if you allow yourself to.."

i used to hate PE and now, i'm liking it. i know that sooner, i'll learn to love it..:]

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: wearing complete pe uniform at school.

high heeled shoes vs. sneakers.

let's talk about him.

i received this email from a friend who i seldom see now. i'm glad she sent me this.:)

please take time to read.

This one should keep us all thinking.
I chose #2, now you pick one.

This is a true story of something that happened just a few years ago at the University of San Carlos (USC).

There was a professor of philosophy there who was a deeply committed atheist.

His primary goal for one required class was to spend the entire semester to prove that God couldn't exist.

His students were always afraid to argue with him because of his impeccable logic..

Sure, some had argued in class at times, but no one had ever really gone against him because of his reputation.

At the end of every semester on the last day, he would say to his class of 300 students, "If there is anyone here who still believes in Jesus, stand up!"

In twenty years, no one had ever stood up. They knew what he was going to do next. He would say, "Because anyone who believes in God is a fool".

If God existed, he could stop this piece of chalk from hitting the ground and breaking Such a simple task to prove that He is God, and yet He can't do it."

And every year, he would drop the chalk onto the tile floor of the classroom and it would shatter into a hundred pieces.

All of the students would do nothing but stop and stare.

Most of the students thought that God couldn't exist... Certainly, a number of Christians had slipped through, but! For 20 years, they had been too afraid to stand up.

Well, a few years ago there was a freshman who happened to enroll.

He was a Christian, and had heard the stories about his professor.

He was required to take the class for his major, and he was afraid. But for three months that semester, he prayed every morning that he would have the courage to stand up no matter what the professor said, or what the class thought.

Nothing they said could ever shatter his faith...he hoped.

Finally, the day came. ! The professor said, "If there is anyone here who still believes in God, stand up!" The professor and the class of 300 people looked at him, shocked, as he stood up at the back of the classroom.

The professor shouted, "You FOOL!!!

If God existed, he would keep this piece of chalk from breaking when it hit the ground!"

He proceeded to drop the chalk, but as he did, it slipped out of his fingers, off his shirt cuff, onto the pleat of his pants, down his leg, and off his shoe. As it hit the ground, it simply rolled away unbroken. The professor's jaw dropped as he stared at the chalk. He looked up at the young man, and then ran out of the lecture hall.

The young man who had stood, proceeded to walk to the front of the room and shared his faith in Jesus for the next half hour. 300 students stayed and listened as he told of God's love for them and of His power through Jesus.

You have 2 choices:

1. Delete this and never look at it again.

2. Pass this along to your Christian and non-Christian friends, giving them encouragement we all need every day

When you choose option 2, you have chosen to STAND UP

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:

This is not intended to be a joke, it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking..............

Isn't it funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.

Isn't it funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.

Isn't it funny how everyone wants to go to heaven provided they do not have to believe, think, say, or do anything the Bible says. Or is it scary?

Isn't it funny how someone can say "I believe in God" but still follow Satan (who, by the way, also "believes" in God ).

Isn't it funny how you can send a thousand jokes through e-mail and they spread like wildfire,

But when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

Isn't it funny how the lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but the public discussion of Jesus is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Isn't it funny how someone can be so fired up for Christ on Sunday, but be an invisible Christian the rest of the week.

Are you laughing? !

Isn't it funny how when you go to forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it to them.

Isn't it funny how I can be more worried about what other people think of me than what God thinks of me.

Will YOU pass this on? . I did .

c",) gagay

whatever will be..

i'm still on my second week back to school and yet i'm already loaded with a lot of things to do. i hate it and love it at the same time. i hate it because there are a lot of school works and i don't know which among those should i make first. i love it because i'll have reasons why i shouldn't party at night and spend my time with some unimportant things.:)

just like this day, i spent my whole morning (from 7:20 - 11:30) at school attending my classes and buying books. after school, i directly went to my dormitory, watched a movie with a friend and studied on some notes. around 4pm, i went to the bookstore to look for a book which unfortunately i didn't find then headed back to the dorm.. since then, i just stayed at the library reading some articles and answering my accounting assignment. it took me hours before i finished a 4 pages back to back solutions in accounting. it really feels good being able to finish something i know i've worked so hard..

*my work place. so makalat.*
*a cup of coffee. scientific calculator. yellow paper. books. laptop. pen case.
pens. pencils.*

i'm glad i enjoy what i'm doing.
walking on the hallways. going up and down on different buildings. meeting friends anywhere in the campus. getting books from the library. sitting down in a room with irritating classmates. listening to a boring teacher and to an interesting one. sleeping late at night. asking a friend to teach me on some topics. being the beadle in my major subject. searching for informations on the net. waiting for emails from a professor. having different classmates every subject. sleeping late during TTHs. waking up early during MWFSs. getting along with impossible persons. attending a 6-9pm major class. not eating lunch during TTHs. wearing pe uniform every saturday (my worst nightmare). sleeping over my notes and books. drinking coffee to keep me awake. visiting the chapel. carrying books while walking. MANAGING TO PASS MY SUBJECTS.
being an irregular student isn't that bad at all. as what the sbg assistant dean told me this morning, "be the master of yourself. love what you are doing.."

♪♪♪ que sera sera whatever will be, will be ♪♪♪

gossip girl stars.

"the on screen couple sizzled real life while on vacation at mexico."

wow, i didn't know that the gossip girl stars blake lively and penn badgley (serena and dan) are dating in real life. these are some of their exclusive photos compiled in a video.:)

they're more intimate off screen. for me, they look better together on the show. LOL.

what a day!

around 5:30AM this morning, i woke up with a sad face. i said, "ugh. ulan!" i don't have any umbrella with me and how can i get to my 7:40 class if its raining? and worse, i looked at the window and there was water all over the streets. yeah, there was a flood. i went back to sleep and woke up around 6AM and headed to the cr for my morning bath..

after the bath and dressing up, i went to the kitchen and cooked noodles for my breakfast. i then watched the morning tv news and worried again about the rain.. i waited until the rain stopped around 7AM.. before i left my place around 7:25, i wore a smile on my face..

that made me say, "what a day!"
- i arrived at my room at f311 around 7:30. my teacher isn't around yet so i waited for her only to find out that there is no class in my filipino subject. BAD!
- i decided to just spend the remaining time by visiting the PE department of the school for my pe tshirt. the incharge told me that the pe tshrits are not yet delivered. BAD!
i hate it when my time is wasted doing nothing so i went to jade bookstore for my book cover. after my book has been covered, i went directly to room c205 for my 8:40 management class.
- 20 minutes passed and my teacher didn't show up yet so i left the room. university rules says, if the teacher is 15 minutes late, students can leave the room for it means that there will be no class..
- i went to my division, school and business governance, for my room assignment in english. the incharge told me that they can't view it and asked me to visit the admission office.. BAD!
- i was already at the admission office and realized that everybody there was very busy so i left and headed to the humanities division.
thanks God, the staffs in the humanities division helped me.
my next class is still at 10AM so i spent the time before my econ class at the university library. i was looking for a particular book when i saw my friend.
she told me, "uy algene. ngano naa man ka diri? you're teacher is in your room."
i answered her, "tarong chen ba? nagclass siya? late na gud kaayo siya.."
"promise, naa jud siya.. nilabay ko sa inyo room"
"whaaattt? kung musulod pako, lain na noh? late na ko.."
"bitaw gene, ayaw nalang.."

what a bad experience! that was the first subject i missed for the semester! hay.
- its time for my economics class and i went to the avr for the film showing about economics U$A. my teacher gave a quiz and i'm not ready about it. i still managed to answer her questions but i don't know if the answers were right.
- after my econ class, i dropped by the PE department only to find out that the stocks didn't arrived yet.

this day isn't really bad at all. some good things happened to me this afternoon like:
- i've had a good lunch with friends.
- i got the package sent by my mom.
- my guy classmate bought pe tshirt for me! nice.:)

Staging Your Home

Selling your home can be a stressful experience, whether you live in Anchorage, Houston, or Cincinnati. One of the keys to making sure that your home sells as quickly as possible is staging it well. You want every prospective buyer to walk into your home and immediately be able to imagine themselves living there. So how do you do that?

1. Clean it Up
Obviously you know that you need to keep your house at least a surface level of clean. The counters should be wiped down; the floors should be polished, etc. What we’re talking about here is a deep cleaning. Wash your walls and ceilings. Polish every surface. Make sure that everything is shiny and new looking.

back to an abnormal life.

hay. classes will start tomorrow. back to school, back to an abnormal life..
how i wish college life is as easy as high school life..

good luck to all students..

born to be a filipino.

yesterday was the 110th independence day of the my country and yours - philippines.. did you ever know of that? i supposed so because you're a pilipino and you've probably met some friends who greeted you yesterday. the real question is: "are we really free?" i'll leave that question to you 'cause we might have different views regarding it and i don't really like talking about our country..

actually, one funny thing happened at my philippine history class yesterday.. it was almost 1:25 when my teacher entered our classroom. she apologized for her late arrival. of course, we just said "it's okay". we prayed and after the prayer, she let us sit down back on our sits.. she was looking at us as though looking for somebody or something..

she then asked, "do you know what is it today?"
we answered, "yes."
"then, what is important about this day?"
"its independence day.."
"okay. *then she talked about the first time our flag was raised at cavite*"
we just listened..

her next question was, "who among you here did not study in the philippines during your elementary and high school years?"
three of my classmates raised their hands. one was a filipina who grew up at america and the other two were koreans..
"so, there are only three of you.. now, to those who studied here in the philippines from grade 1 up to 4th year high school, get 1/4 sheet of paper and write down the national anthem.. our national anthem.."

i took out a sheet of yellow paper and cut 1/4 of it.. then, i started writing the first lines of the lupang hinirang song and worried.. why? because i can't write down the whole lyrics of the song! what a shame on me. i was born in the philippines, grew up as a filipino and sang the song 5 times a week for 11 years. yet, i failed to write it. i was singing it over and over again but then, i still can't get the correct lyrics. i even ended up just humming the song. i didn't really finish the activity..

it was time for us to pass the papers to our teacher.. when she already had our paper, she asked us, "so, who got perfect?" none of us were right which made me feel a little bit good. di lang pala ako nag-iisa. haha. then she smiled at us, recited the official lyrics of our national anthem in a poem form and said, "don't worry class. i was just trying to test you.. i will not record this activity but i'll do a follow-up about this and be sure you'll get it perfect.. see you next week and check the notes i'll be forwarding this afternoon in your email adresses. CLASS DISMISSED.."

i still can't get over the feeling of what happened yesterday. i was embarassed because i was so stupid for not knowing the lyrics of the national anthem of my own country.. no, that would never happen again. i won't let that happen again.. now, i'm currently reading more about our country. i think, its my responsibility.

(Filipino - Original Version)

Bayang magiliw
Perlas ng Silanganan,
Alab ng puso
Sa dibdib mo'y buhay.

Lupang hinirang,
Duyan ka ng magiting,
Sa manlulupig,
'Di ka pasisiil.

Sa dagat at bundok,
Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw,
May dilag ang tula at awit
Sa paglayang minamahal.

Ang kislap ng watawat mo'y
Tagumpay na nagniningning,
Ang bituin at araw niya
Kailan pa ma'y 'di magdidilim.

Lupa ng araw, ng luwalhati't pagsinta,
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo;
Aming ligaya, na 'pag may mang-aapi
Ang mamatay nang dahil sa 'yo.

(English Version)

Beloved country,
Pearl of the Orient,
The heart's fervor,
In your chest is ever alive.

Chosen Land,
You are the cradle of the brave,
To the conquerors,
You shall never surrender.

Through the seas and mountains,
Through the air and your blue sky,
There is splendor in the poem and song
of beloved freedom.

The sparkle of your flag
Is shining victory.
Its stars and sun
will never dim.

Land of glory, the sun of our affections,
Life is heaven in your arms;
When someone oppresses you, it is our pleasure
To die for you.

good bye summer 2008.

my summer 2008 was officially ended yesterday when i attended my first class for the 1st semester of sy 08-09.. today is just my 2nd day back to school but i'm already loaded with a lot of works and assignments to do. these things made me say, "sana summer nalang everyday."

for me, the best days of the year are summer days. unexpected things and events of my life usually comes during the months of april and may. another reason why i love summer is because my birth month is may.. everything can happen during summer and thats why i really love the season a lot.

here are some of the things i can't forget about my summer 2008. (at random)

since i and my close friends were very busy for the last few months of second semester sy 07-08, we seldom see each other. it was only last march 30, 2008 that we decided to go out and have some fun at the open beach.

*before the ride back home*



after almost a year of not seeing my dad and just talking to him every night via satellite phone, i finally saw him. he olnly had 45-days vacation that's why we managed our time very well and made out the best out from everything we do together..

*at naia with dad*

my beloved mom celebrated her 41st birthday last april 26 of the same year. she actually looks like just my sister.

*from left to right: li'l bro, dad, me, mom*



my kuya (a cousin) got married last may 8. yes, he married the girl he loves on the same day of my brithday. i hated it at first because they might steal the attention from me but then, i realized that its a good thing though. next year, i will be celebrating my 18th birthday and they will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

*the newly-wed couples*

did i tell you they made me their maid of honor? i've attended lots of weddings where i was always the bride's maid but never the maid of honor. it was only on their wedding that i walked down the aisle before the bride and after the bride's maid.:p i still don't have an idea of when will i walk down the aisle as the bride and who is the man that would wait for me near the altar. sometimes i wonder, will that day come?

*at villa isabela*


i just turned seventeen last may. yes, i'm still a teen and enjoying life. i celebrated my 17th birthday at my mom's place - carmen, butuan city.

*early morning of my special day*

my family made my birthday special by hiring a band. they even gave me a different party so that i would feel that they didn't forget my special day. my party started at 8pm and ended at around 4am. i already slept at 2am for my flight the next morning.. it was the very first time that a band sang a 'happy brithday' song to me. nice. and oh, i love bands!

*the band*


i've had a vacation trip with my family at singapore.. it was my first trip out of the country. i'm really thankful to my dad who arranged everything. we went there without a tour guide, we didn't avail any tour packages. it was an adventure!

*welcome to singapore: with the famous merlion*

*the whole family at night safari*



its time for my best friend kenna to leave our place and go back to bukidnon for her studies.
before she left, we (me, kenna and kenny) went to ocean view park and spent the whole day there together..

*foods. foods.*

note: kenny was our photographer so he had the least number of pictures of himself with us. haha.

i'll always treasure the good things that happened to me this summer.

♪♪♪ oh when i look back now that was seem to last forever and if i had the choice i'd always wanna be there those were the best days of my life ♪♪♪


Start: Jun 14, '08 4:00p
Location: bed and books dormitory, juan luna street


new dormers.
old dormers.
old faces.
new friendships.

its time to get to know my new dorm mates and establish good connections with them.:)

i don't care about the old dormers. haha. *kidding*

love it or fail it.

my first day back to school was so good.
i finally got my new and permanent class schedule for the whole semester.
i found out that my ns2 teacher is funny, approachable and (most) intelligent.. he's actually a doctor..
my accounting2 subject, a 6-9pm class, was cancelled. YES!

i really don't like my schedule because it was my division who chose it. i have no choice but to love it 'cause if not, i might just fail my subjects. i don't want that to happen..

my sched.


7:40-8:40AM - FIL1 (komunikasyon sa akademikong filipino)
8:45-9:45AM - MGT210 (business organization and management)
10:00-11:00AM - ECON111 (intro to econ with ar and taxation)


11:00-12:30PM - ENG111 (basic communication skills)
1:00-2:30PM - HIST111 (philippine history)
2:35-4:05PM - NS2 (introduction to physical sciences)
5:55-9:00PM - ACC2 (fundamentals of accounting 2)


7:40-9:40 - FYDP (christian formation)
10:00-12:00AM - PE1 (physical education 1)

total units = 27.

bad schedule, right? i hope i can manage all these subjects..