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Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
A fourth year student in De La Salle University - Manila taking BS in Information and Communications Technology Management. Believes in the improvements ICT could bring in the everyday lives of people at work and home. A member of the La Salle Dance Company - Street, the hip-hop dance group of DLSU under the Cultural Arts Office.

E-mail: efren.paperstainer@gmail.com

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My Customized Shoes

After getting an ankle injury, I needed to take precautionary measures and as much as possible wear high-cut shoes. So I bought a black one. But needed white recently for costume for performance requests. So I bought an 800 peso all-white Nike Air Force One Imitation just to pass the requirements. But the stage I've been on badly stained my right shoe with blue. So I had nothing to lose and I experimented on it getting the right blue and green shoe.

Then I got this design idea from the web: http://shoeciety.com/tienda/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=14&products_id=88

DISCLAIMER: Yup, it’s their design. Not mine.

And tried it on the other shoe. And now I got this cute blob on the left shoe.

I hope I'll be able to make my clothes compliment the shoes.

Art Attack!

Mirror page on Multiply

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Think before you express. Respect please!

I apologize to some people if they think that I'm reviving what we've been trying to diminish which we (LSDC-Street) and along with other college dance groups have noticed on YouTube lately about videos on different Skechers Year 4 performances. But I just can't keep this to myself.

How do I define a good comment? A good comment is one's personal opinion on a certain topic given with free will (may be positive or negative) but is constructive, meaningful, and sensible.

But what have I been seeing lately?
(Comments could be found on LSDC-Street’s videos on YouTube on Skechers Year 4)

"nde dpat lasalle ang nanalo... nde nga nmin npansin ung sayaw nila...either tip or ue dapat ang ng champ!!so suck"

I saw this comment posted 2 times on 2 different copies of video. TIP and UE were great out there. I was able to watch UE and I was inspired by their very daring stunts which I would love to learn myself. And I heard a lot of good comments about TIP from my own group. TIP was even nice and friendly to my group mates backstage. So I fully respect them because they have shown a great performance and sportsmanship. The comment would have been fine. But “so suck”?

"unfair judging... i was there! i hav watched all performers!? go, UE!
ang ganda ng production na to! ang mhal ng talent fee, 100k...
nice one! nkktawa nlng...."

Judge ka?

“oh no!! kitang-kita mo naman na may mas magaling dito pero bakit sila pa ang nanalo. wew!! tsk tsk..”

Apparently hindi “kitang-kita” sa mga judges.

“Lasalle. I hate you. I am a hater. HAHAHAHA”

I don’t know if trip lang toh pero at least may pa joke effect ka at naka-ease ng tension haha.

“LSDC champions ------> ???? ??????.....”

Answer: Yes.

“Champ? bkit? dko mkita reason kung bt cla nag champion.”

Simply God’s will. We honestly also didn’t expect to be champions ourselves because we prepared our hearts for that whatever may happen, we know that it was according to His will.

“ang panget!! mukhang tanga lang....
ang gulo ng sayaw..anu kaya yun?!
ahahahaha nagkalat!!
panoorin niyo kaya ulet?? paulet ulet!! shet nasuka ako......”

Sorry. Perfect ka? Some of us admittedly made a few mistakes in the performance, but we didn’t let it affect us. What more right do you have to say those words? Kung sumuka ka man habang nanunuod edi puro suka na ngayon ang kamay mo dahil nakapag-type ka pa ng comment.

“ano b yan ang panget walang thrill!!!!!!
bakit champion?
wala man lang "nervewracking" na mga steps o sayaw....
masyadong pinahalata yung pandadaya....”

"Adj. NERVE-WRACKING - extremely irritating to the nerves." Talaga? Wala nun? Thanks! :D

d naman sabay sabay boring yung music...”

We actually found the music to be really great and we were happy about it. By saying that it’s boring you actually made a very offensive comment to one of the top (and I mean TOP) DJs in the Philippines.

“pasikatan lang pala ang skechers eh..kaya pala...kaya champion ang pangit at magulo na sayaw..hahahaha..bale napansin lang ang TIP gawa s Stunts..at hindi dahil sa sayaw..wala din pala kwenta kahit sumayaw ka ng sumayaw..pasikatan lang kelangan..at payamanan..mahihirap lang taLAga TIP eh..hehehe...dami nga nag ddrop sa TIP dahil wala pera eh..hehe..sorry..di q balak mang offend sa mga taga TIP..aun lang ang totoo..daya naman unfair tlaga..mas lamang pa rin talaga ang rich.”

Grabe ka magsalita. Nasa LSDC-Street Skechers performance page ka tapos nangdadamay ka ng ibang school. Di mo balak mang-offend ah? TIP proved to be a strong team this year and it seems that money isn’t a factor for them to perform well. Kudos to TIP!

That’s all. I just want to share my thoughts. And like what kuya RJ keeps on saying to all of them. GOD BLESS!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Support LSDC-Street at Skechers Street Dance Battle: Year 4

lsdc-street skechers '07

Watch and support La Salle Dance Company - Street as we compete again at the

Skechers Street Dance Battle: Year 4
on November 23, 2008, 2pm at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ticket prices (PHP) are as follows:
  • Patron - 500
  • Lower Box - 400
  • Upper Box A - 300
  • Upper Box B - 175
  • General Admissions - 75

Final order and payment of tickets for De La Salle University - Manila supporters is on November 10, 2008, Monday from 9am-1pm at the Yuchengco Lobby (La Salle Dance Company, Remix '08 Booth). Claiming of tickets will be at 4pm of the same day and venue.

Please support us. Thank you!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

[SOCCOMP Blog Week # 3] Me Talking and Me Posting

"Identity is reputation."

I do believe so. Every action and impression I make affects how others think of me. But people interact with me in two different ways:

1. To me in person

(I don't really smoke.)
(I also don't really look like that when I pray.)


2. To me online

It seems that I am different online, don't I?

There are personal attributes of a person which pure images posted online cannot describe. Most personal accounts online give others a different sense of impression on that person compared to when they both meet in flesh. This is why most people who meet online aren't as successful in connecting their similarities when they decide to meet in the real world. Your identity in person and your identity online are two different things depending on what you filter out from your real life and you make up in your virtual accounts.

Speaking of identity...

In our past DIG-MED and current SOCCOMP class, we were shown a video about "Identity 2.0"

"Its emphasis is a simple and open method of identity transactions similar to those in the physical world, such as driver's license."

The suggestion of "Identity 2.0" sounds great but is quite hard to implement. Unlike the current habit of different websites requiring you to have different accounts (e.g. paper_stainer@yahoo.com and efren.paperstainer@gmail.com), Identity 2.0 will make the user the center of all accounts. With its implementation, users will be able to access all website on the Internet using only a single account--making it far more efficient than the repetitive task of logging in all different accounts.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Championship Game between DLSU and ADMU in UAAP Season 71

I was browsing my through contacts' latest posts in Multiply and I found this article from Ryota's blog. It was about the Ateneo Blue Eagles triumph over the De La Salle Green Archers. It shows some very strong points.

Gloating Blue Eagle -Talking Points
By Bobby Cabral
Dear La Sallians:

By now, you would have experienced gale force winds in Katipunan. Or you would have read articles in newspapers or blogs proclaiming the greatness of this season 71 edition of the Blue Eagles, Rabeh, Chris Tiu, Buenafe et al. They will also criticize our Archers as pikon and lacking class for not receiving their runner-up trophy, so perhaps we should be prepared with the facts.

1. While UP is the host of Season 71 and they selected the Narvasa Brothers (both former Blue Eagle varsity players) and were directly responsible for the referees.

2. Commissioner Chito Narvasa penalized La Salle and Coach Franz Pumaren during the first La Salle-Ateneo regular season game for not wearing his ID and gave two free throws to Ateneo. This inspite of Coach Pido Jarencio of UST being shown not wearing his ID during the earlier game and not being penalized.

3. During two regular games during the season, one versus FEU and the other against UST, referees who called technical fouls against La Salle's opponents were punished by Narvasa after the game with a termination and one with a suspension.

4. During the the final championship game, Buenafe, Jobe and other Ateneans could be seen taunting and trash talking but were not penalized.

5. The referees called 29 fouls on the Archers and only 13 fouls against the Blue Eagles. They awarded 28 free throws (18 which were converted) to Ateneo and only 8 free throws to the Green Archers.

6. The phantom finger of Rico was not clearly evident and since there was no reaction from the Eagles, it must not have happened.

7. The Green Archers were in the dugout during the awarding and no official from the UAAP called them out to receive their award.

Finally, if the Ateneans wanted to win with honor, they failed to do so. The Ateneo community should have asked the Narvasas to inhibit themselves due to their school history and obvious bias towards La Salle.

I will concede the first three La Salle-Ateneo games in Season 71 to the Blue Eagles. But we will never know the outcome of game 2 of the Championship series.because the referees panicked when La Salle reduced a 15 point deficit to three in less than five minutes.

Animo La Salle!!!

I was also there during the game as a member of The Animo Squad - White Jackets when we repeated our UAAP CDC Competition piece during the halftime as it was a finals game between the most popular Philippine rival schools. The effect of the 15 point lead of Ateneo during halftime was easily observed through the La Salle side's quiet reaction to our performance. They had no motivation to cheer.

Even if we did officially lose the championship title this season, we could always go Back to Not to Back next year.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

[SOCCOMP Blog Week #1] Tools for the Generation Y

Most students enrolled in the Social Computing course, who were required to "web log" about the discussions during the 1st week of class, have been blogging about "Generation Y". So I have decided to blog about something else which had greater effect on my personal behavior in social computing which has been discussed in class.

Aside from the hogging topic of "Generation Y", Ms. Kiran also discussed and gave examples of different social computing tools. After listening to her discussion, I am currently using some of the tools she had mentioned. Some of the tools she mentioned which I remembered (and were also in the slides she uploaded) were:
Because of the discussion, I decided to visit some of the web sites and try them for myself. Thinking that it was required for creating blogs in SOCCOMP (which could already be done within the "soccomp08t2" Ning network), I created my own account in blogger and got my own blogspot. I titled my blogspot as "Rehearsal Hall", after the official dance studio of La Salle Dance Company - Street where I spend most of my time in school. I don't have any other main reason to name it that way--except that it just sounded cool. Haha! Blogspot was really easy to use just like Ms. Kiran said. The gadgets were very useful. The importance of customization is a major attribute of Generation Y and so I lived up to our generation's reputation. I designed it as personal and aesthetic as I could (or have time for). As mentioned above, you could visit it at paperstainer.blogspot.com. And please leave comments! Thank you!

The other tool I have tried is under the area of Social Bookmarking which is "Delicious". I downloaded and installed the add-on to my Mozilla Firefox browser and now it's working great. I could keep track of the important sites I have visited or which I find would be useful in the future. Try it for yourself! Visit www.delicious.com. I also asked for Ms. Kiran's account in delicious and she gave it to me without hesitation. I find being able to share my bookmarks and being able to view others bookmarks collaborative and resourceful.

And so, try them! They will prove useful to you and may help you in your search for your identity (as defined being an attribute of the Generation Y).

Saturday, September 20, 2008

My Creator's Arrival

Creator? No not God. It's just my mom. Growing up in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 12 years before college, I've experienced typical child care from her. But eversince the start of my days in the Philippines to study in De La Salle University - Manila, I and my elder sister have had a distant relationship with my family who still stays there. They visit the Philippines from time to time and vice versa.

She arrived alone in the condo at around 6PM last night. As soon as I heard her voice I went out of my room to give her a 5month-long-wait hug. I did not notice much difference in appearance from her. Neither is her loud (sort of) irritating voice which I've been scolded with during my childhood. Even more irritating is when her voice is synchronized with that of my aunt's. One could really see the traits they've shared in their blood. We had "pasalubong" from her! I received different assortments of sweets. Yey!

Friday, being the start of DLSU's weekend, I invited my mom to catch a movie or just go to the mall that night. So we went to SM Mall of Asia to watch "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army". Amazingly, she didn't fall asleep during the run of the film. She usually does. Well, she did when we watched with my younger brothers last summer.

Oh! to give you guys a trivia about Saudi Arabia. There are NO CINEMAS in Saudi Arabia. With the exception of family-reserved cinema houses. To add to that, they only show kiddie stuff. Yup, they're strict alright!

Anyway... The popcorn was good. I also bought her "Minute Maid" so that she would be able to try it's pulpy goodness. Yummy!

I was planning to line up at the taxi bay area and it was a good thing she stopped me because I didn't know it was possible to take a jeepney ride that would go straight to the La Salle area. "At ako pa ang nakatira sa Pilipinas diba!" We then took a jeepney ride home.

And so I have just shared a son's happy trip with his mom. They are usually taken for granted. But you guys should cherish such moments because you are lucky that your parents are able greet you just as you enter your front door. So c'mon! Give them a hug!