Thursday, March 31, 2011

American Idol 10: Ranking the Top 11 for Elton John Week



It's Elton John Week

This week  the Top 11 are singing the songs of Flashy and Spunky Elton John.  Jimmy Iovine is definitely proving his worth. Giving the contestants wonderful guidance for their performances. The judges are also getting the hang of it, giving better reviews and better albeit incoherent advice to the contestants. ;) Even Steven Tyler is getting a bit more sense. Haha.

Here are my reviews of their performances. Don't forget to choose your bottom two in the poll at the end of this post!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

iBlog7: The 7th Philippine Blogging Summit - See you there!


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I can hardly believe how fast my blogging year went by. I was at iBlog6 last year, attending the annual event for the first time. Now I'm going for the second time - I know a quite a few more people now than I did last year, and so hopefully I won't feel as awkward, haha. :p But do say hello if you happen to recognize me. I promise to do the same...

I am looking forward to seeing some people I already know - Blogging couple EJ and Ginger Arboleda, my friend Roy de la Cruz and former schoolmate Jonel Uy will be presentors at iBlog, and Flow Galindez will be hosting - apart from them though, I really have no idea who else is coming. :p Are you going to iBlog7???

If you are, then I will see you there on Saturday! (I can only go on the 2nd day).
By the way, I will also be performing an intermission number with the UP Concert Chorus (UPCC) again this year. UPCC is the Official Choir of the University of the Philippines and we are celebrating the group's 50th Anniversary in 2012! It's going to be epic! ;)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

American Idol Season 10: The Top 11 Reviews and Ranking


In one of the most crucial weeks in the finals competition, the survivors of this week's Motown-themed contest will be going on American Idol's Top 10 Summer Tour.


Judging the Judges


The judges were fine tonight - they've kind of grown on me already - although I do find myself not really caring so much about what they think haha - not like the way I wanted to hear what Simon thought after every performance. Oh well. Makes me think about X-Factor, hmm...will you be watching it?


Friday, March 18, 2011

Understanding the Role of Stock Inventories in Oil Pricing


The Press Release below was issued on March 4, 2011 by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. in an effort to address questions raised about why prices are increasing based on global oil prices when they still have inventory of crude bought at a lower price.

To summarize the article below the answers are:
1. To ensure price transparency - it is the norm in open markets in other countries as well
2. In response to market competition (i.e. refiners vs importers)

In addition, crude is bought on a continuous basis, and so while the crude bought at a lower price 3 months ago is being sold at a higher price now, say a month from now when the oil prices go down, the crude bought at a higher price today will then be sold at a loss by the oil companies.

Anyway, onto the article. It explains it in more details. I encourage you to remove your bias for a second and try to read objectively and understand...


American Idol 10: Ranking the Top 12 Performances




Last week, Ashthon Jones was given the boot - she was the first Finalist to go home this season. Tonight, the Top 12 Finalists will compete singing songs from the year they were born.

Apologies to those following this blog for the AI 10 updates - I wasn't able to post last week because I was busy... Just a quick recap - although Ashthon gave a weak showing and was eventually booted off, Jacob Lusk - who sang OFF KEY on his "I Believe I Can Fly" should have been at the very least, in the bottom 2. America is being weird...

Here is my American Idol 10 - Top 12 ranking...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The 2010 Philippine Bar Exam Results released!



I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the 2010 Philippine Bar Exam Results as a friend of mine took the exam last year. It was held on all four Sundays of September (September 5, 12, 19, and 26) in 2010 at the De La Salle University (DLSU) in Taft Avenue, Manila.

This was also the Bar Exam of the infamous bombing that injured several people including 2 students who both lost their legs. Raissa Laurel, one of the blast victims needed to have both her legs amputated.

Earlier today, Chief Justice Renato C. Corona held a special En Banc session for the “decoding” of Bar results - the directive to decode “is when the Court orders the Bar Confidant to open envelopes containing the names of the examinees in the presence of the Bar Chairman.”

Here is the complete list of the 2010 Philippine Bar Exam Results...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A quick update of why I've been MIA... 2 celebrations and a tsunami


I've been missing in action for the past week and I'm sorry!

This will also be a short post as I only wanted to let you know why I haven't posted anything since March 4 - it's basically a classic case of Life overtaking Blogging. Hehe. I missed my weekly American Idol fix and my boot predictions - I would've picked Ashthon to go home anyway har har - and I missed posting my Self Indulgent Birthday Blog Post (like last year). :( Here's why...

Friday, March 04, 2011

American Idol 10: Top 24 Results Show - "The Top 12+1 Finalists"


After all the drama, the Top 24 performances, and a whopping 40 Million votes from all over America, American Idol Season 10 reveals it's Top 12 Finalists!

How many of your predictions got through to the Top 12? How dramatic was the Wildcard round for you? And what did you think of the Judging Panel?

American Idol 10: America, meet your Top 12 Finalists


Who got through to the American Idol Season 10 Top 12 Finalists? 

These people have made it to the Top 10 of American Idol Season 10 - in the order of announcement by Ryan Seacrest...

American Idol 10: The Top 12 Ladies Performance Reviews and Ranking


So yesterday I found out that QTV was not showing the Top 12 Guys on Wednesday night - they showed it instead on Thursday at 2PM. I missed it. Boo! I guess you'll have to look elsewhere for reviews on them haha. I'll try to watch that episode some other time.

But here are my reviews and ranking of the American Idol 10: Top 12 Ladies...

American Idol 10: Ranking the Top 12 Guys Performances


American Idol 10: The Top 12 Guys Performances and Reviews


The Top 12 Guys performed for the first time tonight (last night!) on the new and improved American Idol stage - I watched the videos on Rickey.org, they compiled videos on YouTube. :D Here's what I have to say about (most) of them...