The Philippine Supreme Court + The Tooth Fairy

The Supreme Court of the Philippines can be found along Padre Faura Street and is easily accessible via any public transport that goes through Taft Avenue, most notably it’s only a few minutes walk from the United Nations Station of LRT1.

As a journalism major, it was exciting to be able to go to a place I may one day cover as a beat reporter (if I opt to work as a journalist) and as I’m also very interested in the law, the Supreme Court had an almost irresistible appeal to it. I was all excited to see where the HIGHEST COURT in the COUNTRY convene and set legal precedence and also settle legal disputes. It, in my heart, spelled as the place with the highest prestige as in its walls, the rule of law is absolute and justice is given to those deserving–well at least it was supposed to be.

The first thing I noticed was how congested the street was, and this was due to the presence of many (many…) peddler shops around the compound. Maybe they’re there to cater to the students of UP Manila and the many staff of the Supreme Court/Department of  Justice/National Bureau of  Investigation/etc, but I didn’t see any of them display any sort of identification saying they LEGALLY allowed to conduct BUSINESS on the street.

What was more surprising was the pirated DVDs, VCDs, and fake-BlueRay peddlers just setting up shop just a few steps away from the gate! Wow! Talk about brazen balls? I don’t know if they are simply ignoring them, but in any case the fact that they WERE there made my notion of prestige and justice and whatever else I thought good of the Supreme Court and the DoJ (and the NBI for that matter) go down the drain.

Anyways, moving on to the interior of the complex itself, I was pleasantly surprised how clean the place looked. Definitely looked official, although I found the system of filing petitions to the Supreme Court a bit anti-climactic as you just need to hand in a form in the guardhouse (at least according to my source).

The architecture of the place is very traditional, but I was disappointed that the building lacked that “musky smell” of old buildings which at least for me spells grand tradition and history. Also, the En Banc assembly hall smelled rather odd, but nevertheless was very beautifully furnished and tidily fixed.

Photos can be found on my Facebook account ^_^

Go to this website for more details if you want to find out the SC’s history and current justices, etc:


The Rock should stick to his macho-personna and never go near a tutu or tights again!

Another happening this week was me watching the latest Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s Disney flick, the Tooth Fairy.

There were NUMEROUS EUWWWWW~!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ┌(;*´Д`)ノ┌(;*´Д`)ノ┌(;*´Д`)ノ moments in the film that got me saying “MY EYESsSsSSs~~~ THEY BURN!!”

The the humor was not really solid, although there were some scenes that I laughed out loud, but one character in particular did NOT HELP THE FILM AT ALL and that was the character played by Billy Crystal. His lines were bland, the timing was off, and everything about his character, even the ending clip of him *spoiler*doingsomething*spoiler* was so so so unnecessary. I would have liked it better if they have just shown us what happened on the tall guy’s first mission, etc.

Overall, even though its misgivings, I liked the film overall. It has a nice story and a nice moral to it. It helped greatly that I believe in the power of dreaming and imagination, so it was a nice experience overall.

That being said, I never want to see a muscular man in a pink tutu EVER AGAIN!

Rating: 7.4/10


The nightmare of pre-enlistment & other stuff

Meh… all I can say is “Meh”… Pre-enlistment is a “meh” for me.

Some background:

I enrolled in UP as a second semester, late admittee freshmen. As was the case, I no longer had the “luxury” of trying to gain subjects through the pre-enlistment module in the University CRS system. That being said, I had to go around the university trying to “prerog” any subject I could find… and I did… I prerogged all FIVE of my subjects that faithful second semester. Summer that school year was much the same, I had to prerog both things I took… and I couldn’t even manage to get an PE subjects because the line was LITERALLY spiralling in the gym. To top it all off, some departments DO NOT open early… *cough*Bio*cough* and the whole process is as tedious and time consuming as an 80-year-old rheumatoid-stricken grandma trying to cross the street with those portable table/crutches (idk what they’re called exactly, but you get the picture).

Folks, that’s how the SHIT hits the FAN in the University of the Philippines. Ha!

What’s happening now:

This is why pink is an evil color ( ̄、 ̄;)

This is why pink is an evil color ( ̄、 ̄;)

Anyhoo… yeah… I am tossing my die once more in the second round of pre-enlistment… hoping… praying for a miracle XD Well, not that it matters because I guess I’ll end up prerogging again~ Which is tedious yes, but at the same time gives you the same kind of thrill and excitement one feels when on the hunt for treasure (if you ever did an Easter Egg Hunt with the eggs having numbers written on them and the numbers indicating what the eggs are worth IN CASH, you’d know what I’m talking about  (n’ω’`)っ )

On to other things, on May 26 I had the “pleasure” of enrolling my sister in Miriam College… I was half expecting the same kind of chaos I go through in UP, but was pleasantly surprised with the speed of the actual enrollment.

My pleasant experience was short-lived however, when I realized I was missing something: My sister’s school ID. I called Hong Kong to tell them the good news about me finishing the enrollment and nonchalantly apologized for the lost of the school ID when my sister very disgruntledly told me that it wasn’t as small of a deal as I thought. In fact, she told me that for her to get a new ID, we’d have to somehow provide an Affidavit of Lost Item for a SCHOOL ID! O_O

I was like… Meh?

So, I retraced my EVERY STEP in the whole campus from the start to finish, asking everyone I came into contact to if they had found an ID lying around. I repeated this THREE TIMES! In my mind, I was saying “Crap, we’re screwed”… And, adding insult to injury, when I was asking the STAFF OF MIRIAM COLLEGE if they happen to find a lost ID, most of them were IMMEDIATELY DEFENSIVE and shut-off. Bah! It wasn’t like I was accusing you of anything… -__- It would have been much better if they stayed PROFESSIONAL and HELPFUL rather than succumbing to just being… the STEREOTYPICAL FILIPINO… i.e. just covering their own skin (like our politicians Zzz)… How typical. I was very unimpressed. If the same people involved in the education of the youth have the same mindset and default reaction to inquiries as the sh*ts (most, not all) we have in congress/senate, then what hope is there left?


In other news, I watched Night at the Museum 2 yesterday! Yay for me ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶

Comments… Well, it wasn’t AS GOOD as the first one… the premise had promise (it’s the THE SMITHSONIAN people!) but the delivery left a lot to be desired. Yes, there were numerous funny moments, but some aspects of the movie really… really SUCKED BALLS! It seemed Ben Stiller and the movie itself needs to turn their mojo back on… The acting was uninspired and the movie lacked conviction or anything resembling real comedic flair…

Yeah... go find your moxie...

Yeah... go find your moxie...

Daniel out

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