Friday, January 30, 2009

jeepney rides

Posted by austenfan at 1/30/2009 09:06:00 PM 3 comments
Jeepneys have been a constant part of my life since I was a college freshman (I took my first jeepney ride alone then. Yes, I know, I lived a pretty sheltered life, what with my school being located in our village and all.) up until now. Experience has taught me how to be a proficient rider. haha. If you're a fellow jeepney rider, you'll understand what I'm talking about.
Anyway, here are my thoughts and experiences regarding jeepney riding:

The jeep has basically four parts: (1) the one beside the driver, (2) the one directly behind the driver, (3) the middle part, and (4) the one at the jeep's "exit".
(1) beside the driver
Usually, I don't like sitting here since I fear that I might fall when I try to get into and out of the jeep through there. haha. However, if you sit here, you'll be spared from having to pass on the passengers' fare payments and from the major space hogging that's surely happening at the jeep's back part.
(2) directly behind the driver
Another part that I don't like. Positioning yourself here gives all the other passengers the right to demand that you pass on their payments and then to pass back their change (if they have any). The only good thing with sitting here is you only get squeezed from one side. hehe
(3) middle
A so-so place for me. You may or may not pass on other people's payments as there are others around you who are able to do so. What's the catch? Your hips get really squished especially if the last remaining seat happens to be next to you -which almost always happens with me whenever I sit here, I don't know why. :(
(4) near the "exit"
My favorite part! haha. Here, you're free from the all the payment passing. Plus, the one next to you will rarely claim more of your space (that usually happens at the middle. hehe) The only downside: You're exposed to the rain or if it's super hot, your legs and feet really suffer until you wish you can get off immediately.

some random things:

- If the fare collector tells you there's still a space for one or two, do not get on the jeep. You'll regret it. haha
- Similarly, whenever you feel comfortable and you think that there aren't any spaces left, you're mistaken: there's always that one more seat to make the experience complete. :D
- Sometimes, passengers are really mean. They won't give way to you unless you force them to.
- Btw, one time, during my novice days as a jeepney rider, I missed my stop by virtue of being too shy to say "para". pathetic. haha.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

a realization

Posted by austenfan at 1/27/2009 01:18:00 PM 4 comments
Before leaving for my class, I had this uncontrollable impulse to blog. So there.

This happened sometime in August, I think.

One of my tutees (or someone that I tutored) sent me a text message one day asking me and I quote: "pwede pong malaman fs mo?" After reading this, I was quite literally dumbstruck. What the hell does fs mean? I turned it over and over in my head and tried to remember if I've ever heard that one before. Was it a new term? Was I not techie enough to understand this? Oh, the shame! haha. So after about two minutes of thinking whatever it meant, I decided to just go ahead and ask him what fs means. And he replied, "friendster". You can just imagine my horror and humiliation after that. It occurred to me then that I really am getting old no matter what how much try to deny it. I just can't keep up with these unnecessary terms that teenies (mind you, i'm still on my teen years :D) insist on using. haha.

That's it. A realization which I'm not sure how I should feel about. Seriously, FS?! Why the need for the acronym anyway? *bitterness overload*

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Posted by austenfan at 1/25/2009 10:13:00 PM 4 comments
Last summer, I took summer classes to lighten up my load for the coming semesters. Luckily, I was able to enlist in an ES 26 (Computer Programming) class, which was really hard to get into, and a Creative Writing class, to add to my required English Studies units taken.

ES 26 is definitely easier and lighter to handle when taken during the summer. Or maybe some of that's due to my professor, who sometimes shouts at me when I don't get the source code right but nevertheless is very entertaining and helpful at times. Thankfully, I passed the course with high marks, thanks to my working machine problem which I made using around 4000 lines. (Yep, the lower the number of lines you use, the better you are. One of my classmates even finished hers using only 300 lines. That's how un-good I am. hehe)

On to my Creative Writing class. This was the subject I was really excited about. I wanted to try out my writing skills (or find out if I have any). For me, the class went well. I enjoyed all the exercises that our instructor required us to do though some were rather hard and I didn't get grades as high as I would have wanted. Let me share a piece I did for the class. I'm quite proud of this one, isn't it obvious? hehe. The theme was about colors, and the assigned one for me was pink so don't be surprised to find references to the color as you read on. I edited some parts of it which I hope made it better. Feel free to comment if you liked it, not really liked it, hated it (I hope not) or even if you think my grammar was wrong. :D

Here it goes:

When He Walks By

by austenfan

He walks by and smiles.

I sit still, my face burning,

Sure that every inch of me is turning as pink

As my backpack that’s beside me.

I wish for him to look at me,

To see how I see him.

I wish to see his face,

his cheeks tinged pink with life.

I wish to be close to him,

To know how he feels,

See him when he’s burning with anger

Or when he’s flustered with embarrassment.

I long to hold his hand,

Weave my fingers through his,

Taint it with the pinkness of my own,

Enclose him with this tide of pink

Bursting from within me.

I wish for one last thing;

That someday, he might look,

Fix on me those eyes that make me blush,

Come up to me and turn my heart to mush.


Well, what did you think? Was it good/bad/neutral? haha.

P. S. Please do not plagiarize. Not that it's that good but it's very personal and I really poured out a lot of emotion in writing this. (talk about dramatic, haha). But seriously, please don't.

Thanks for taking the time to read! :D

Saturday, January 24, 2009

exams? done! (at least, for now)

Posted by austenfan at 1/24/2009 07:41:00 PM 2 comments
Whoooo! I made it! haha. This week proved to be the toughest yet in all my years as a student. I suffered from lack of food, sleep, leisure time, and anything fun. Let me recap for you what I've been up (and down) to this week.

Monday, January 19 - ChE 123 1st long exam

Thermo. 'Nuff said. Haha. Anyway, I'm not sure how I did here since I got different answers from two of my fellow examinees. [On this one item, they both answered 70 something bar while mine was 100 something bar. :( ]

Tuesday and Wednesday, January 20 and 21 - Preparation days (Yeah, right.)

I spent my time studying for my upcoming exams and writing my laboratory reports for ChE 135. Yep. You got that right, reportS. Why we should we be the first ones to do two experiments? huhu. Unfair! [Read on for the outcome of these reports. hehe.]

Thursday, January 22 - Submission of my two ChE 135 post-laboratory reports

Wah. I hate lab reports. Especially when we get really weird and inaccurate data -- which happened for our Fluidized Bed experiment. In effect, my calculations for the Ergun constants (which are highly doubtful) produced 100+ % error. On the other hand, for the Reynolds Number experiment, I was pretty confident with my results and discussion so imagine my surprise when our instructor gave back our papers and I found out that I got a 75 and 76 on my reports. My fluidized bed paper even rated higher than the Reynolds Number! And I spent on writing the Reynolds Number report about twice the time that I used up for Fluidized Bed. After receiving our papers, we all promised ourselves never to cram our papers again. [Hope we hold up to it. haha]

Friday, January 23 - EEE 1 2nd long exam

SUPER MAJOR important exam for me. I failed my 1st exam so I really need to pass this one. EEE 1 is probably my least favorite among the non-major-but-seems-like-major-subjects I had to take. It's a good thing I didn't pursue ECE for my course, like most of my high school batchmates did. The exam was, as usual, hard. But I felt that I panicked less for this exam than the first one, so I hope I get a higher grade.

Saturday, January 24 - ES 12 2nd long exam

I got home from my EEE 1 exam last Friday at around 9 pm. Which meant that I started getting into dose mode at around 10. This was hardest-to-study-for exam for the week as I don't have any lecture notes (which can be attributed either to my ever present laziness in note-taking or my instructor's habitual no-shows) I hope I pass this one.

This past week has really been stressful and.. just plain stressful! I had to drink coffee for 4 straight nights just to keep me awake. Most of all, my sleeping hours were limited to 2-5 hours each night. Now, I'm going to start catching up on my sleep hours and afterwards, start preparing for my oral report on Wednesday. (wah. getting more and more edgy as it approaches)
This long post should make up for all the other days I failed to write any. Haha.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

dreading my ChE 123 exam

Posted by austenfan at 1/18/2009 05:53:00 PM 2 comments
January 19, 2o09
6-9 pm
1st long exam

When my instructor wrote those three lines on the board, I was really really surprised. more than surprised (though i can't think a word for that). Really unexpected since I was already super stressed about my 2 coming exams on Jan 23 & 24 (in EEE 1 and ES 12, no less!) If you were an engineering student at UP, you'll know what I mean. And I'd just found out I failed the 1st exam in EEE 1! really need to pass the 2nd! :( Plus, I don't know anything for our 2nd exam in ES 12. Zilch. Nothing. at. all. Wah! :( Blame my professor who decided not to come to class for 3 consecutive meetings afterwhich he suddenly shows up, telling us to self-study. Huhu. Oh well, at least my oral presentation for ChE 140 was moved. (Thanks Ma'am Marj! :D) I know, i know. Complaining won't do me any good. But I just really needed that. To shout out my frustrations, I mean. Hehe.

I should be getting back to Smith & Van Ness now. and iterations! :(

*can't wait to finish my report and exams and start reading again. fiction, that is. :D*

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Posted by austenfan at 1/17/2009 11:34:00 PM 2 comments
it's 11:34 am and i just created a blog.

i don't know what came over me as i'm not sure if i'd be able to update this regularly. (i hope.) heehee. and i also want to design my own template once i learn how.

anyway, my eyelids are getting really heavy.

must. sleep. now.
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