10 things (continued)

By on July 16, 2007

Continued from here.

ten books i have yet to read
1. Elie Wiesel’s Night
2. William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury
3. Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
4. Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels
5. CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity
6. Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
7. Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses
8. JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillon
9. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
10.HardyBoys Casefiles #1 – Dead on Target

ten movies or TV series that I should watch soon
1. The Godfather 1-3
2. Oro, Plata, Mata
3. Kubrador
4. City of God
5. Constant Gardener
6. StarWars 1-6
7. 28 grams
8. Knocked Up
9. Six Feet Under
10.Gone with the Wind

ten animals i would like to see in their natural habitat
1. Aardvark
2. African Elephant
3. Coelacanth
4. Entamoeba Histolitica
5. Emperor Penguin
6. Great White Shark
7. Kangaroo
8. Pandaca Pygmea
9. Sting Ray

ten concepts I would like to learn more
1. microprocessor architecture
2. FPGA programming
4. embedded wireless applications
5. surface computing
6. GUT
7. artificial intelligence or DNA computing
8. electrical signal integrity
9. basic radio astronomy
10.advanced data encryption/decryption

ten adventures i have not experienced yet in Cebu
1. Southern Cebu roadtrip (Cebu City to Santander)
2. eat larang (fish soup) at Osmeña
3. try pungko-pungko (a low cost, roadside dimsum meal) one time
4. Sutukil at Mactan
5. birdwatching at Olango
6. cross the two bridges (Marcelo Fernan, old bridge) on foot
7. dinner at Shangri-la Mactan or Plantation Bay
8. gokarting at Mabolo
9. Kawasan Falls and Osmeña Peak weekend
10.watch a concert

ten overdue tasks I have amazingly not done yet
1. migrate the Lorega Diaries from wordpress to blogger – unnecessary
2. overhaul my old CPU
3. jog once a week
4. video presentation for LMNSC
5. finish The World is Flat book
6. dine out with my college friends
7. FBS test
8. switch to CitiBank (credit card). – unnecessary
9. buy dad a new wheelchair
10.open a new savings account

and ten more things i really want to do soon before I turn 25
1. ride a helicopter
2. bungee jump
3. learn how to swim
4. speak Mandarin
5. master a sport
6. publish a Youngblood article
7. find my Kinder II bestfriend
8. rollerskate
9. drive a motorcycle
10.fall in love again

After a quick review, I realized that with my present salary, I could possibly cross out at most 20 items in this list. Also, if I had been more industrious and conscious of my time for the past six months, I would have done at least 8 of my 10 overdue tasks.

The melancholic in me could only come up with so much strategies, detailed action plans or weekly objectives. But as to how the real world operates – limited financial resources, time and my body weight to name a few, I could only embrace wholeheartedly the fact that I just cannot do everything all the time. Saving the world is simply not for me.

But I found encouragement in my highschool geometry teacher’s words: “if you aim at nothing, you will eventually hit it.” This list may not be as profound as Earl Hickey’s, but having this is better than not having even a daily goal at all. I just hope then that I have enough motivation to start a new challenge and more importantly, the determination to finish it.

So wish me luck guys. First up: larang at Osmeña.


June 30, 2007

August 1, 2007

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    July 27, 2007

    oi! kubrador! I have yet to watch that film. Wala pud ko nakakita sa Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros.

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    July 30, 2007

    keep posting. =)

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    April 4, 2008

    I also haven’t read HardyBoys’Dead on Target.Can I borrow?:)

    “fall in love again”…how cute…hhehe…bitaw, in God’s time you’ll find her:)

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    June 30, 2008

    anonymous, You can’t borrow the book because I don’t have it yet and I don’t know who you are in the first place.

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    July 1, 2008

    it’s been so long nga (noticed the comments) hehe. pero nakatawa ko sa entamoeba histolytica. you can watch ’em on a mounted “poo” slide under a microscope. 🙂

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    July 1, 2008

    hi kendi. i’m having second thoughts now. 😉

    i occasionally experience amoebaiasis (if i am not too careful with my food and drinks) by the way. this is why i wanted to see the culprit behind my terrible ordeal.

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    July 26, 2008

    i say skip Godfather III. I & II are the only ones worth seeing.

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    October 22, 2009

    …to kill a mockingbird is a must-read…read it twice…loved it both times…will probably read it again if i had time (considering that my non-tech-books-to-read list is growing exponentially and possibly approaching infinity)…

    – manelle =)

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    October 23, 2009

    manelle, I'll be around Cebu until December 22. We should meet up and compare bookshelves. You could donate all your non-tech-books to me if you want. I can name a rack in your honor. 🙂

    Speaking of books, I still have your Milan Kundera (!).

    Btw, I bought #7 via ebay.

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    February 22, 2010

    fall in love again before the year ends. too many girls… so little time. hehe 😉

    blog on brenskie

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    March 15, 2015

    "and ten more things i really want to do soon before I turn 25" should be changed na hehehe


Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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