Saturday, June 30, 2007

Hottie of the Month: Polo Ravales (Part 3)

Let’s close the end of the month by briefly looking back at some of the most memorable turns in Polo Ravales's life and career, the Hottie of the Month for June 2007.

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Saturday Morning

I woke up early in the morning as I was informed that I will get an FDA (Failure Due to Absences) on my Fundamentals of Information Communication Technology class if I will not show up today. Because I am such a failure in properly disciplining myself, I ended up staying awake all night and missing the early morning class. Not until today. I arrived 20 minutes early before my 7 o’clock class and had such a wonderful morning. I can’t find a valid reason but I just knew I’m going to have a good day ahead.

There was no premonition but I knew it was coming. Indeed, my professor asked me few questions why I missed four sessions. She even stressed out her strict compliance to the rule: Make a 10-hour absence for the entire semester and you’ll get an FDA. Nevertheless, I was able to keep my composure and was saved by white lies. I was the new face so she was still in the process of weighing down my capabilities and what’s not, so she could set her expectations.

She probably thought I was really interested to her class for she reacts according to my facial expressions. I got really, really conscious after noticing that. The psychic knew it when I got lost in the deliberations that she would gladly repeat herself to make things clear when no one really asked her to do so. Like a rain pouring after a lengthy drought, I knew it was something to celebrate. I even doubled the good impression after I participated in the recitation.

I was joined by a friend for lunch after the class. We went ahead to watch Michael Bay’s Transformers in SM Manila. The movie’s plot revolves around a war between two robotic clans (the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons), with planet Earth as their battleground leaving the fate of mankind in the balance. I suck in giving out movie reviews so I really have nothing to say, except that the overall visual effects and animation is quite an eyeful. I also like how it was able to effectively attach the political dealings of the United States of America, particularly on matters concerning international security.

(A continuation may follow…)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Strict Policies

Because we have a so-called paperless policy in the office, we usually have our business emails up all the time. Everyday, our supervisors would send us reminder mails and records of our individual performance for the previous day, week and month. We also use this to communicate about everything under the sun (just don’t send spam to the bosses). Today, a set of new company rules was sent to all employees. Effective immediately, the said rules were implemented with strict compliance.

Dress Code.
It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary. If we see you wearing Prada shoes and carrying a Gucci bag, we assume you’re doing well financially and therefore don’t need an increase. If you dress poorly, you need to know how to manage your money better, so you could buy nicer clothes, and therefore you don’t need a raise. If you dress just right, you’re right where you need to be and therefore you don’t need a raise either.

Sick Days.
We will no longer honor a doctor’s statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to see a doctor, you are able to come to the office.

Personal Days.
Each employee will receive 104 personal days. They are collectively called Saturdays and Sundays.

Bereavement Leave.
This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do about dead friends, relatives or co-workers. Every effort should be made to have non-employees attend to the arrangements. In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early.

Toilet Noise.
A 3-minute time limit will be strictly enforced in the stalls. At the end of 3 minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet paper roll will retract, the cubicle door will open, and a picture will be taken. After your second offence, your picture will be posted on the company bulletin board under the “Chronic Offenders” category. Anyone caught smiling in the picture will be sanctioned under the company’s mental health policy.
Lunch Break. Skinny people get 30 minutes for lunch, as they need to eat more, so that they can look healthy. Normal size people get 15 minutes – just enough to get a balanced meal to maintain their average figure. Chubby people get 5 minutes only, because that’s all the time needed to drink a Slim-Fast.

Redefined Man

Burnz is a Surgeon’s Assistant by day and a commercial model on the side. He was San Diego’s representative to the recently concluded Ginoong Pilipinas-USA 2007, eventually won by Illinois’s Mark Figueroa. (This is the same event triumphed by Chris Friel last year.) Burnz is of Spanish, Filipino and Chinese descent and a self-proclaimed singer and dancer. He appeared in Asian Men REDefined 2007 Calendar.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Back to Basics with Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera will stage her first major concert in the country as part of her ongoing world tour to promote her latest album, Back to Basics. In the Philippines, the event will be held in Taguig City’s The Fort (where Mariah Carey also performed few years ago) on July 6.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Paris Hilton is a free girl

I guess no one ever wanted to stay in detention so I’m glad she’s free now. I really hope she learned something good from it.

How To: Behave Inside the Elevator (Part 1 of 2)

Some of you ride the elevator as a daily routine that even if you just need to go two floors up or down, the initial desire is to look for a vacant pulley. Why not? It is the most comfortable option next to nothing. In fact, we feel so comfortable that we tend to forget that even inside the elevator, we need to practice etiquette.

The elevator is where people with different orientations flock together. So whether you are the most popular person in your neighborhood, a member of a royal family in the United Kingdom of Tondo, or Gretchen Barretto, you can make this world a better place if you can act in such a way that other people would feel respected or valued as a divine creation or at least as human beings.

Be Generous. We all know that you’re in a hurry and needs to Bundy as soon as possible, but you have to stretch your patience a bit longer by pressing the open-the-door button if you see somebody approaching the elevator. Don’t embarrass the poor soul to everybody else around by letting the door closed itself when he is just a few seconds late.

Always Face The Door. No matter how crowded it is inside the elevator, make sure that you’re facing its doors while it is taking you to your ultimate destination. Never face the rest of the crowd unless you want them to discover a new planet next to Planet Zit in the universe disguised as your face.

Don't Fart. If you feel that something odd is gaining power inside your tummy, you can save yourself from embarrassment by letting that fart out before going in for the ride. Or if you’re inside the elevator already, try to hold on for a second. Please be considerate to others as this is undeniably gross.

See Part 2.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Steve Sandvoss

Steve Sandvoss grew up in the suburbs of New York City and attended school there and in Connecticut before enrolling at Harvard University. There, he was active in the artistic community, pursuing amateur photography, studying poetry and American prose, and often choosing edgier roles in student-written plays as well as in such classics as Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar) and Brecht (Galileo, Ba'al). In addition, he directed readings of his own work at Harvard and wrote criticism and essays for several undergraduate periodicals. While at Harvard he commuted back and forth from New York City to pursue professional acting and modeling. He graduated from Harvard with the distinction Cum Laude and now lives full time in Los Angeles.

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Paris Hilton is out of the slammer

After almost 3 ½ weeks in the slammer, Paris Hilton can resume endless partying after it was announced that she will be released Tuesday, June 26. She’s originally sentenced to serve 45 days in jail for driving repeatedly with a suspended license in violation of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. But authorities earlier said she would probably serve, with good behavior, only 22 or 23 days in prison.

Friday, June 22, 2007

The Stranger: Three Months After

Today marks the 3rd month of that fateful afternoon in which I sensually collided with a stranger in the bus as I was heading home from work. I could still remember those cautious gazes and gauche smiles. His body language notified me right off the bat that somebody needed a company. Whether the goal was to catch a casual conversation or secure a one night stand, I felt that it was going to be a start of something momentous. Will this kind of development lasts longer? Like three months?

There is no mistaking that the word stranger is no longer applicable. As a matter of fact, I already met all members of his family – his Mom and her lover, his siblings, auntie, nephew, grandma and even his childhood friends and co-workers. Due to my very demanding schedule (work, school, home, blogging?), we only meet once a week and would spend the whole day cuddling, playing scrabble or word factory, watching a movie, going out, wondering around, among other things I couldn’t enjoy during the regular days.

We have plans of living in together but I guess this will not be realized as I will be resigning soon and have to pay more attention to my studies. I’ll surely miss the floor. Aso just left his company, too, but holds a similar work in his new company now. Three months and going strong…

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Polo Ravales on the cover of Men's Health

In the event that you find yourself bringing up the rear, never take giving up as an alternative. Always keep in mind that whenever one door closes, a window will open. Polo Ravales, for instance, started show business at 15, juggling roles that reaped ratings and box-office receipts. But as the industry’s inherently cutthroat competition rose, career opportunities started to dwindle. At 21, he found himself “doing nothing” at home, bored and waiting for the phone to ring. He could have wallowed in his down time but he refused to get beat by circumstance. It was then we he found time to work out. He would be at the gym everyday, and a year later his efforts at reinvention were soon rewarded.

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Who has the most beautiful buttocks?

The buttocks are considered as a secondary sexual characteristic. No wonder why these two fleshy parts are highly fetishized in European culture (based on Havelock Ellis’ Studies in the Psychology of Sex) and the rest of humanity (based on Reyville’s observations). Depending on the size, texture or color of the buttocks, all of us have our own inclinations on which are pleasing to the eye. I, for instance, admire guys with bubbly butts particularly when covered by a pair of tight jeans or pants. Each time I encounter such a lovely creature walking in front me with such a lovely behind, I would always fantasize and ponder about what’s in it. I would love it even more if it’s always in motion. *LOL* Choose one of these men and tell me why he (and his possession) captures you.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

How To: Flirt Effectively (Part 3 of 3)

Before reading this post, you might as well want to review Part 1 and Part 2 to follow the trail.

Close the Deal. Being interested in him will actually cause him to think that you’re interesting. Who doesn’t like being the center of attraction? Ask open-ended questions, get him to share information about his work, hobbies, things he likes to do, then come up with a casual outing you could do together. Just make sure it’s a specific event or day. That way, if he’s not interested in pursuing something with you further, he can beg off with an excuse and you can simply smile and say some other time. FURTHER TIP: Make sure you’re not “boring” him.

Now that you’ve just developed an important social skill, get out there and flirt. Never feel bad if you’re turned down or something to that effect, that’s just part of dealing with people who really think they are hot and attractive. Just shake it off and take it as a good rehearsal.

Fast Review: Silip (2007)

As a service crew in a cafeteria owned by her stepmother, Tess (Diana Zubiri) is used to dealing with a lot of people and crowded environment. The young lady married a roving salesman (Polo Ravales) who took her somewhere she’s unfamiliar with – an almost inhabited, remote farm – to settle with him and start a family. They’re in married bliss for a time until a mysterious woman disrupts the couple’s otherwise peaceful relationship.

Both lead actors played their respective roles with chilling brilliance and proved to be more than just pretty faces. Not to be underrated is Prieto’s effortless performance as the angelic evil that put Zubiri’s character from a simple wife into a horrendous, complicated situation. As strange things started to happen and deaths come alive, a significant truth unfolds and explains the beginning and end of the story.

There’s nothing much to remember about the movie except perhaps Zubiri’s acting prowess, Ravales’ butt exposures and the rather confusing sequence of events. This film may not be Joel Lamangan’s (who has directed a lot of acclaimed films including Ang Huling Birhen sa Lupa, Mano Po, etc.) best work of art but I will give him an A for effort.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Today's eye candies: Lem, Adrian & Alvin

Eye candies are people that are visually attractive or pleasing to look at, like these pictures of considerably hot guys coated by pieces of sugary outfits, an eye candy is usually irresistible and whoever succumbs to its allure could take pleasure that is, more often than not, short-lived. Indulge yourselves with these “candymen” who could surely make your cherries (if you have) pop in no time.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

2003: The movies I have seen in theaters

Here's the continuation of the list of movies that I watched in silver screen in 2003. I just feel like splitting the list into two because I find the long list exasperating.

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How To: Flirt Effectively (Part 2 of 3)

Smile Again. But this time, when you smile, maintain eye contact for several seconds so there’s no mistaking the signals you’re sending. Lock your gaze on his, hold to the point where it’s not usually comfortable, give a bright smile, and then lower your gaze. Wait a few seconds then look once more with a hope that he smiles back. FURTHER TIP: Always look your best.

Be a TEASE. This doesn’t mean bolt from your chair right this moment. If he’s standing at the bar, go to the bar to order your next drink rather than wait for the waiter to bring it to you. If he’s been returning your glances, he’ll be intrigued when you appear standing next to him. Or think of a reason why you need to speak to him. Imagine his surprise if you walk up to him and say, “I just wanted to let you know that a gay guy over there has his eye on you but I don’t think he’s your type!” FURTHER TIP: Don’t appear aggressive or desperate.

Move In. People are usually protective of their personal space and most men (or in our case, gay guys) are loathe to physically intrude into another’s comfort zone – especially if you’re meeting each other for the first time. So, if you fancy him, break down that barrier and create intimacy by leaning in or moving closer. Once you’re there, share secrets or special information about something you’ve just learned about him.

NOTE: These TIPS are not my ideas and I based it on the e-mail I received from a friend at work. There was no clear link to the original post but it was stated that published the article. However, Part 1 was modified to fit in the gay community. I’m tired to modify Part 2 so this one is almost verbatim.

See Part 1 and Part 3.

Movies Watched 2003

I browsed my old, Pooh-themed notebooks today to see what was running in my head when I was in high school and early college days. Aside from a number of journal entries, what I got are loads of unorganized and random ideas that neither interested me nor aroused my curiosity. One notebook contains research materials about arthropods, animal kingdom, mitosis, meiosis, Anton van Leeuwenhoek, among other things that only a small portion of this population would care. That’s why when I see this list of movies in the last few pages of the notebook, I just smiled and realized that I’ve always had the passion in movies since then. Take a look and be surprised about how I was able to track the details of where, when and what movie I watched in those years.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hottie of the Month: Polo Ravales & Super Noypi

Simply Manila’s keeping its promise to give a special coverage for the month's Hottie of the Month. This month's Hottie of the Month is Polo Ravales as selected by myself. For the upcoming months, I would, of course, consider any suggestions from my readers.

I got a lot of negative feedback from friends and acquaintances about Polo Ravales’ selection. But they know they can't do anything about it but give constructive criticisms. Personally, I have never watched any of this guy's TV show or movie but I guess his several billboards and current sexy film (Silip) can suffice the answer why he, among all hotties, was selected to be this month's Hottie of the Month. Anyhow, the funny thing is that my friends can’t suggest anybody when I asked them who they would like to see here. That's obviously because they just can’t think of anybody whose visibility in the media surpasses that of Polo Ravales.

For now, allow me to disregard all objections and let me post yet another bits and pieces featuring Polo Ravales, the Hottie of the Month for June.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

How To: Flirt Effectively (Part 1 of 3)

Those who are fond of any informal sex encounters are knowledgeable about flirting, for flirting is the prelude to casual sex. Based on my observations and experiences, homosexuals (particularly bisexuals and discreet gays) are experts on this pursuit, thus the promiscuity among gay guys. However, there are desperate ‘flirters’ who tend to ignore the common sex rules just to get a score. Unfortunately, their desperation will only take them nowhere and will leave them empty-handed at the end of the day.

Here are the basic rules of flirting effectively:

Make Eye Contact. Whether you are in a bus, walking on the street, in a friend’s birthday bash, inside the church (bad etiquette) or any other place where you encounter your prospect, the best way to get his attention is by looking at his eyes. The first glance has to be very brief, as long as he caught you looking at him. Give out a smile and look away. You can try this thrice at the most, with longer gazes in the two remainders. Don’t attempt to do this over and over again unless you intend to make your prospect believe that you’re a former boarder of a mental hospital. FURTHER TIP: Don’t STARE like you want to stab him to death.

Strike a Pose. Now that you have just given him a clue, you can try making gestures like biting your lips, rubbing the back of your neck, biting your nails, etc. Your aim is to stimulate his brain to create a clearer picture of what you are trying to imply. This way, you'll get more of his attention, he will be distracted and will think of nothing but you. FURTHER TIP: Act elegantly, NEVER exaggerate.

See Part 2 and Part 3.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Paris Hilton sent back to prison

Those who are tired of hearing about Paris Hilton’s life (and especially from a site named Simply Manila), I am very sorry. But I guess I just need to put this one down as a follow-up to earlier posts.

Paris Hilton was sent back to prison after she was released, after three days behind bars, for unspecified medical reasons. Hilton was supposed to serve house detention but after the hearing last Friday, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ordered her back to jail to serve the remainder of her term for violating probation for driving repeatedly with a suspended license.

I’m actually wondering what the Philippine officials and legislators would think, should they hear about Paris Hilton and her case. As far as I know, there is no bill underlining driving DOs and DON'Ts in
Manila. If there is, given the way drivers in EDSA alone illustrate, we obviously have serious difficulties implementing it. The Philippine adjudicators may as well set Mr. Sauer’s firm decision-making ability as a good model and inspiration particularly in handling cases involving high-profile personalities.

Anyhow, the 26-year-old heiress, who was “suffering a deteriorating, life-threatening condition” spent her first night in a medical ward and receive no special treatment. I guess my favorite STUPID GIRL has to learn her lessons.

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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Paris Hilton serves remainder of term at home

Paris Hilton, who's supposed to stay in prison for 3 weeks, was pulled out of jail due to an undisclosed medical condition resulting to an outrage from all over the country. She was transferred to her Hollywood Hills home to serve the remainder of her term. Can you smell something fishy here?

Friday, June 8, 2007

Who is Paul Rawson?

Who is Paul Rawson? I must admit that I know nothing about Paul Rawson except that he appeared in GMA Films’ Let the Love Begin, starring Angel Locsin and Richard Gutierrez. According to, Rawson was born on 21 November 1980 in the United Kingdom. He’s currently taking a break from film and television and working as a dancer around clubs in the UK. How he was included in that Filipino film? How he got here in Manila? What role he played in that movie? Or are these even all true or not? I have no idea.

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David Fabros and his sexy work of arts

Having worked for over two decades in the media – in television, public relations, marketing communications and talent development, David Fabros has professionally gained a firm foothold in the entertainment and show business realm. He graduated with an AB Communications Degree at the Ateneo de Manila University, and started his photography along with his theatrical pursuits in early college. His many years in ABS-CBN, one of Manila’s foremost television networks gave him the prime privilege of working with the country’s top celebrities. Some of the same stars have been photographed by David for both editorial and commercial assignments, forming a large part of this artistic portfolio. ABS-CBN Publishing has released two of his photographic compilations, The Star Magic Catalogs (2006 and 2007), showcasing the network’s sterling stable of actors and actresses. His creative knack of working effectively with models in differently-styled layouts has drawn him to focus on portraiture, glamour and commercial photography. David now maintains client bases in Singapore and in the United States West Coast, but is primarily based now in his Makati studio in the Philippines. He also writes part-time for publications in Manila, Singapore, Japan, the US and the United Arab Emirates.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

The sexy Travis Kraft (Part 1)

Filipinos may know little (or nothing) about Travis Kraft but with several billboards scattered around the metropolis, a lot has probably seen his face already. Travis Kraft is an American actor and model who appeared in several TV commercials and print ads here in Manila. He was a 3-time North Dakota state wrestling champion and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Telecommunications and Film. He appeared in several Hollywood flicks such as Skeletons in the Closet, No Rules and The Life and the Passion of Christ. He also took part in Pilipinas, Game KNB?, Daddy Di Do Du, Maalaala Mo Kaya, among other TV shows during his long stay here. In March 2007, he was sent to Sanya, China to represent the USA in the 2007 Mr. World pageant.

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