Hannibal (spoilers)

Marathoned Hannibal at home during the Labor day holiday.

I realized there are a lot of references to kindness to animals as a semi-reliable indicator that one is NOT a sociopath/psychopath. I haven't read the original books, but with the way Will is progressing in the latter parts of the series, I'm starting to wonder if I should worry about his dogs' futures.

I mean, here we are post-episode 9, where Will presumably (if the next episode trailer is any indication) beat the Beast Guy to death and calmly brought the body to Dr. Lecter. And I think: ah, but he did save Buster at the risk of his own life, so he couldn't be regressing to psychopathy. And then it just hits me, what if that's going to be the final final act that convinces the viewers that Will has gone to the dark side? (Although, is it really possible for someone to tip over into psycho-/sociopathy if he wasn't born with it?)

Ugh. Maybe I should grab the book so I know what Will's fate is.

Yeah, just thinking aloud. I hope I'm just overthinking stuff.


Watching Hannibal (among other things) makes me really miss having a dog. I miss having someone follow me around in the house. And having someone miss me when I'm away. And glad when I come back home. The world is a very very lonely place without one.

BDO, you really find ways to make my life difficult!

Do you know how long it takes for BDO to update a client's contact information? Well, I don't know either, because I have been requesting for this update since last year, and I am STILL going back and forth with them on this request now.

The first time, May or June of last year, I went to one of their bank branches, and they gave me a change request form to fill out. So I thought that was that. I mean, this isn't a small bank we're talking about, right? They should have their system spinning flawlessly. And besides, how hard can it be to update a few simple fields on their system, right?

Apparently, I was incorrect to assume so. Early this year (January-February), I found out that they still have the old contact info on record. So I went back to the bank again, and they put me in touch with their hotline. I gave the rep the updated information, and she assured me that it would be updated within three days. Okay, I thought, that's that; I already talked to an actual person, so my change request can't possibly get lost anymore.

Was I ever wrong! About a month later, I got a call from BDO confirming if I received a letter they sent out. I didn't. Upon checking, I found out that they STILL are sending correspondence to the incorrect address. So I ask the person on the phone to update the information, and I was told to go through the customer support for this request.

Okay, so I calmed myself and decided to get in touch with support through email. I thought I probably needed the "paper trail" on this because I had no proof of their assurances through phone. A dizzying amount of back and forth emails ensued, from which I got three (3!) separate confirmations and assurances that my contact information has already been updated last February.

And today, what do I get? A letter from BDO that miraculously/luckily ended up at our house, still bearing the WRONG mailing address, dated April 2014. This was sent out 2 months AFTER they allegedly already updated my information. Unfuckingbelievable!! GODDAMMIT PEOPLE, UPDATING CONTACT INFO IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, IS IT??!!!!!!

I'm at my wit's end. BDO, please explain how something so simple has become this complicated. You do find ways. To make me miserable.

how you transform an electric kettle to lechon cebu


I bought this model of Hanabishi electric kettle last January and had to get it exchanged for a new one after a month because it broke down. The replacement broke down again last week (April). We're a coffee-/tea-drinking family, so the kettle has been through a lot of use, but breaking down every 1-2 months is downright ridiculous. I appreciate the one-year warranty on the product, but really, I don't want to go back all the time just to get it replaced/repaired!

So I asked for a refund, and SM Supermarket nicely agreed to give me one, even if I'm way past the 7-day return window. (I think I've gotten pretty good at demanding things in my dotage. Hehe.) They didn't have any other brands of electric kettles, though, so I didn't know what to get as a replacement. I ended up getting lechon cebu. Hahahaha! I've always wanted to try some; I finally have an excuse! XDDD

I need to get another kettle, though. Something that's not a sucky Hanabishi. It's such a hassle to wait over 10 minutes for water to boil on the stove. When I want my tea, I want it now! (Or in 2-3 minutes, which is how long I have to wait for water to boil in an electric kettle.)

Wheel of Time, Extra Challenge

Because I am bored, I'm reading the Wheel of Time series backwards, from Book 14 to Book 1. Well, I guess that's not really backwards because I still read each book from chapter 1 to the last. I guess it's more like reading in Okazaki fragments. Hahaha! (Sorry, #MBBjoke)

I surprisingly find I'm enjoying the Brandon Sanderson books more, now that I'm not reading them fresh after Jordan's installments. I still want to kick his over-discussy ass at some scenes, and still think there are far too many Perrin chapters and too few Mat Cauthon ones (I think BS finds it difficult to write in Mat's voice), but I don't gnash my teeth all the time anymore. And his battle scenes are actually quite fun. Of course, I'm not at his worst book yet, so I'll have to hold off on conclusions until then.

Perrin, Rand and Mat. Yummy Ta'veren fanart by dem888.

Okay, so I finished reading Brandon Sanderson's worst WoT book and... it wasn't so bad! I was even able to read the chapter I thought was ridiculously corny (that Hinderstap episode) without twitching. I might have stumbled on the proper way to read these books without getting frustrated as hell! :D

Next time, I'll try reading from the beginning, and then take a 1- or 2-month break after Jordan's books, maybe read horrible pulp novels like Twilight and the 50 Shades series, before moving on to the Sanderson WoT books. Might also work, yeah?

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Called Citibank to get my annual membership fee waived, and the support person offered me a Rudy Project watch if I change my mind and choose to pay the P2500 fee instead. Hahaha! Sorry, no. You guys will never earn a centavo from me.


Well, okay, I'm sure they earn money selling my personal info all over the place anyway. Ugh.

UPCAT reviews

In my humble opinion, UPCAT reviews are a waste of money (and time). The UP entrance exam is basically stock knowledge and common sense. If you don't have the required knowledge, principles and ideas ingrained in your mind by the time you're in 4th year high school, I'm sorry, but you will never learn them at review sessions. One is either bound to pass or fail the UPCAT, no matter if he busts his ass at a review course or not.

Of course, review courses aren't a total waste of time. Other university entrance exams are greatly helped by studying. ADMU's, for one, feels like final exams for 4 years of HS. While really smart people can still probably get by on what they remember naturally, intensive reviews (especially on core subjects like Math, Science and English) would definitely boost the chances of those who aren't as gifted.

So I guess my advice would be, if someone is keen on paying for review courses to prepare for university or college entrance exams, it's more worthwhile to sign up for one geared for Ateneo's rather than the UPCAT. Although, really, if your high school offers free reviews (and I think most do), then just go to those! It's one's own efforts and skills that will determine success, anyway, not the review centers'.