Father’s Day Gnews

Father’s Day Gnews :A belated Happy Father’s Day to whom it may concern.

This year I asked my kids what they wanted to do on Dad’s Day. Coby wanted to play badminton, while Zach wanted to go to Lazer Xtreme. So I said, ok, Lazer in the morning, then badminton in the afternoon.

Waiting in Lzaer Xtreme

Waiting in Lzaer Xtreme

Lazer Xtreme is located in Market market in Taguig. Coby and Zach had played this before and I have to admit, I was pretty curious about it. The four of us, and another two sets of teams were briefed on what to expect. We then proceeded to wear our lazer attire, and we were The Cyan Team. Our “battlenames” were determined by the weapon we chose. I was Archer, Juice was Whitecap, Coby was Vortex and Zach was Argus.06212009788

The briefing room

The briefing room

In the briefing room before getting instructions

In the briefing room getting instructions

Whitecap,Argus,Vortex ready for action.

Cyan Team members,Whitecap,Argus,Vortex ready for action.

The Cyan team, ready for action, Vortex, Archer and Argus reporting for duty

Vortex, Archer and Argus reporting for duty

As the doors opened, Janice and I didn’t know what to expect. I told her we should stick together. We immediately got shot. So much for that idea. Janice and I tried our best Mr. and Mrs. Smith imitation, back to back blasting away at the other teams.Darn it, those 7-10 year old kids are too slippery to be hit. We decided to beak up our Mulder and Scully team and go solo. I was stationed at one corner of the room, and played the role of sneaky sniper. I must admit, I hit lots of the enemy from where I was. After 15 gruelling minutes, the buzzer sounded, the results were in. I finished 7 out of 11, Juice was 10th, Zach was 8th, while Coby was our best player finishing 3rd. We had scheduled another round to play, so after a brief 5 minute rest, we plunged into action. Learning rom my earlier game, I decided to be sneaky and pick off players from long range. At one point in the game, I was picking off targets who were trying to sneak up on my team. I got your backs……..  At the end of this game, my strategy worked as I imroved and finished 4th out of 11, Juice was  10th, Zach improved one spot at 7th, while Coby was Top Gun as he finished #1. He got a free ice tea as a prize. Lazer Xtreme was really really fun. I would reco it to everyone. So if u guys want to go and bring out your inner outer space Rambo or Ripley (for the girls), do try out Lazer Xtreme.

Coby in action

Zach in action

Chillin' and waiting for round 2 results

Chillin' and waiting for round 2 results

My weapon is my friend..........

My weapon is my friend..........

The results are in, we're # 1

The results are in, we're # 1

Coby was the Top Gun, the Big Cheese, the Head Honcho and won... free ice tea... single serve.

Coby was the Top Gun, the Big Cheese, the Head Honcho and won... free ice tea... single serve.

One final group shot of Team Cyan.

One final group shot of Team Cyan.

Lazer Xtreme is even open for membership.

Lazer Xtreme is even open for membership.

After playing Lazer Extreme, we proceeded to have lunch, them visited our Daddies at Loyola Marikina. After the visi, we went to Club 650 on Libis to play badminton, which was Coby’s request. Unfortunately, our matches were so intense that we forgot to take pictures. Be content with this pic.

Wow!!!

Wow!!!

For dinner we went to Tong Yang Hot Pot. So after sweating it out for practically the entire day, we ended father’s day by gorging.    🙂

Tong Yang located at Quezon Ave

Tong Yang located at Quezon Ave

Migs, mom and me, attack the hot pot!!!

Migs, mom and me, attack the hot pot!!!

Poised for action again

Poised for action again

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To all dads out there, Belated Happy Father’s Day again. See you in my next blog guys.

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College Basketball Gnews

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Ateneo vs FEU at The Arena in San Juan

I was able to watch two pre-season games of the Ateneo Blue Eagles Srs basketball team team in the currently ongoing  Fil-Oil Flying V tournament in San Juan.  The first game I watched was between ADMU and the FEU Tamaraws last May 2. The Blue Eagles will be hard pressed this year to defend their UAAP crown, as they will now be minus Chris Tiu (Haaay!!!) and Yuri Escueta. Inheriting Tiu’s starting spot was Eric Salamat. The other starters for this game was UAAP MVP Rabel AL-Hussaini,  Nonoy Baclao, Jai Reyes at PG, and Oping Sumalinog, who wore Tiu’s number 17, and started in place of Ryan Buenafe. The Tamaraws were playing minus Mark Barocca, Aldrech Ramos and JR Cawaling who were in the RP Team. They started an impressive rookie RR Garcia, who scored 9 of his teams’ first 11 points and didn’t play like a newcomer at all. In fact, he got ejected in this game as he threw a punch at Jai Reyes in the 4th quarter. (Atapang a tao)  A slimmed down Reil Cervantes, 6-5 center of the Tamaraws, was also impressive, as he got Rabeh in foul trouble as he was effectively posting up and getting shots in the paint. Feu also had an import, whose name I couldn’t pronounce, and is also eligible for this season. he was a burly player who played inside and out and gave the ADMU big guys trouble.

Al Hussaini vs Cervantes in the trenches

Al Hussaini vs Cervantes in the trenches

Jai goes for three against promising rookie RR Garcia

Jai goes for three against promising rookie RR Garcia

For ADMU, Oping Sumalinog was impressive in this game. He hit around 3 3-point shots and was very active. Jai and Eric were also hitting their outside shots, which is a good sign as it opened up the middle for Rabeh to do his thing. The Ateneo running game was in full display in the first quarter as they took a slight lead at the end of the opening 12 minutes. When ADMU’s second stringers came in, it was apparent, that scoring was going to be a problem. These guys were good defensive players, but the offense sputtered. Kirk Long, who is  already blonde, looked even blonder this time, Bacon Austria (who inherited dad Leo’s feistiness but not his outside shooting), Nico Salva (who will probably inherit Chris Tiu’s shrieks form female fans, haaaay!!!),Justin Chua and Tonino Gonzaga formed the second unit. Mike Baldoz also came in when Chua was proving to be ineffective against Cervantes. Feu with Garcia, Hans Knuttel, and the son of Jack Tanuan, hit their strides and helped FEU take the lead in the 1st half.

Salamat sails in for a lay-up

Salamat sails in for a lay-up

Oping Sumalinog inherited Chris Tiu's #17 jersey.

Oping Sumalinog inherited Chris Tiu's #17 jersey.

Nico Salva might inherit the shrieks from female (and male) fans

Nico Salva might inherit the shrieks from female (and male) fans

Noy Baclao had his hands full defending FEU's "import."

Noy Baclao had his hands full defending FEU's "import."

Foul trouble to big man Rabeh forced Coach Norman to play rookie Frank Golla some minutes. He had his moments, but he has a long way to go. Rabeh struggled all night against all the big men FEU threw against him. I noticed, that Rabeh was complaining too much about the calls, whining really, and it affected his game. C’mon big guy, get used to it. Man up!!! He eventually fouled out. Noy Baclao, Jai and Salamat, righted the ship in time in the fourth. But, with FEU down by 1, with seconds to go, they kept getting a 2nd and 3rd chance to win the game, but Noy Baclao, eventually pulled down the crucial defensive rebound, was fouled and trooped to the foul line to ice the game with 3 seconds to go. He made the first free throw, then missed the second one. As Feu got the board, they  threw an outlet pass, but was intercepted by Long, to preserve the hard fought 2 point win. It was a win, but remember FEU did not have all their key players, ans we were only missing Ryan Buenafe. FEU is a definite title contender and powerhouse in the upcoming UAAP season. Juami Tiongson made a cameo appearance in this game, the only other rookie in the ADMU roster to play.

Rookies Frank Golla and Juami Tiongson had cameo appearances in this game.

Rookies Frank Golla and Juami Tiongson had cameo appearances in this game.

When he wasn't complaining to the refs, Rabeh was scoring at the low post

When he wasn't complaining to the refs, Rabeh was scoring at the low post

A couple of plays later, Rabeh fouled out on this play. In fairness to him, it should have been called an offensive foul.

2 minutes later, Rabeh fouled out in this play . In fairness to him, it should have been called an offensive foul.

Eric Salamat bullied his way in the low post for two crucial points plus 1.

Eric Salamat bullied his way in the low post for two crucial points plus 1.

Ateneo escaped with a 2 point win.

Ateneo escaped with a 2 point win.

The second ADMU game I watched was an interesting match vs defending 3peat NCAA champions the San Beda Red Lions. The Red Lions were now without Sam Ekwe, their man mountain down low, Pong Escobal, now in the PBA, and Ogie Menor who apparently will apply for the PBA draft this year. Also out with an ACL is starting point guard Borgie Hermida. The Red Lions had a new center, Sudan “Superman” Daniels, a US recruit, who  during the warm-ups was dunking like crazy. For ADMU, Ryan Buenafe was back in the fold, although he looked a bit on the heavy side, but maybe it was the hair. The Blue Eagles had just come back from a month long training stint in the US and this was their first game back.

San Beda's "Superman" Daniels

San Beda's "Superman" Daniels

ADMU and SBC benefactor MVP was on ahnd to watch his two favorite teams play. He showed his tru colors on his shirt. Seated beside him was Coach Toroman, whom I greeted. "Hi Kots!!!"

ADMU and SBC benefactor MVP was on hand to watch his two teams play. He showed his true colors on his shirt. Seated beside him was Coach Toroman, whom I greeted. "Hi Kots!!!"

The Blue Eagles’ starting lineup was no surprise as Buenafe, Baclao, and Al-Hussaini manned the frontline, while Eric Salamat and Jai Reyes were in the backcourt. Coach Frankie Lim’s starting line up was a bit surprising as he left Daniels on the bench, and started two behemoths, Baby Shaq Taganas and Dave Marcelo, plus 6-4 Bambam Gamalinda in the frontcourt, with Garvo Lanete and Chico Tirona in the backcourt.

Tip off........

Tip off........

Early on Rabeh and Noy baclao frolicked in the paint, quickly making Marcelo pick up two fouls. Off the bench. sophomore Jake Pascual came in and brough life to SBC’s offense with his jumpers. Salamat and Jai were also in a groove hitting jumpers, while Buenafe was drawing fouls from his defenders. ADMU led after the 1st canto.

If Rabeh wasn't scoring, he was dishing off to Noy, who was also actively scoring gainst Taganas and Marcelo.

If Rabeh wasn't scoring, he was dishing off to Noy, who was also actively scoring against Taganas and Marcelo.

Buenafe was scoring on his patented hangtime moves.

Buenafe was scoring on his patented hangtime moves.

Pascual came in and gave the Red Lion's offense a boost with his jumpers.

Pascual came in and gave the Red Lion's offense a boost with his jumpers.

In the second quarter, Daniels came in and his impact was immediate. He blocked Rabeh’s shot in the low post, after the UAAP MVP thought he had eluded him. Suddenly ADMU couldn’t buy a basket  and their whole offense sputtered. Nico Salva kept missing point blank shots, while the other big men were now intimidated with Danile’s prescence in the post. Kirk Long and Eric Salamat’s forays kept the team in but they yielded a 9 point lead to SBC at the half.

Superman ready to take flight

Superman ready to take flight

The bench mob of salva, Chua and Bacon gang up to stop "Superman."

The bench mob of Salva, Chua,Gonzaga and Bacon gang up to stop "Superman."

Salamat and Long kept the Blue eagles in the game in the first half.

Salamat and Long kept the Blue Eagles in the game in the first half.

Al Hussaini was now being double teamed by Daniels and other SBC big men. Rabeh's response, he picked up his first "faking a foul" call on one of his complaints.

Al Hussaini was now being double teamed by Daniels and other SBC big men. Rabeh's response, he picked up his first "faking a foul" call on one of his complaints.

As the second half started, Jai and Salamat took command and anchored a scoring blitz that enabled ADMU to tie the score with San Beda. But Superman Daniels again came to the rescue and Ateneo spent the rest of the game trying to catch up. Rabeh couldn’t get his game going against the bigger Daniels, and was called for “faking a foul.” Yup, you heard it, “FAKING A FOUL.” WTF? Sorry guys, either it is a foul or it is not. Faking a foul? Both teams were called for this infraction.Daniels  had two alley oop dunks in this game during SBC’s charge into the lead. WAW!!! Noy Baclao and the other Blue Eagles keyed a late run  in the fourth,but turnovers spelled their doom. Later, Garvo Lanete sealed the deal with a layup late in the game.

A second half blitz by Jai, Buenafe and Salamat brought the team back from a 10 point deficit.

A second half blitz by Jai, Buenafe and Salamat brought the team back from a 10 point deficit.

daniels quickly came back in the game, and San Beda was back in control. Daniels even scored on 2 alley oop dunks.

Daniels quickly came back in the game, and San Beda was back in control. He even threw down 2 alley-oop dunks during the 2nd half.

Admu had a late run, but Garvo Lanete's layup sealed the San beda win

Admu had a late run, but Garvo Lanete's layup sealed the San Beda victory.

Ateneo loses by 9 points to San Beda

Ateneo loses by 9 points to San Beda

Here is Al Hussaini's "faking a foul" call. he got teed up for his one. Later Garvo Lanete got the same call called against him. "Faking a foul?" Only in the Philippines.....

Here is Al Hussaini's "faking a foul" call. He got teed up for this one. Later Garvo Lanete got the same call called against him. "Faking a foul?" Only in the Philippines!!!

Although Ateneo finished the elims with a 5 win 2 loss record, and a seat in the quarterfinals, they withdrew from the tournament because of a prior commitment. San Beda goes up into the quarterfinals against DLSU. Good luck to both teams. As for Ateneo, the task looks tough for the defending champs. They will surely miss Yuri and Chris’ leadership,but a good sight was the much improved marksmanship of Salamat and Long from the outside. Especially Long, who appeared to be much more comfortable and confident this time.Must be the hair color. rabeh has to quit complaining and play strong in the low post. Too much finesse, not enough raw power, in my opinion. Buenafe has to get into game shape, while Noy Baclao seems to be there already. Justin Chua has to be ready to support the other bigs. So with Salva and Baldoz. Who will step up from this group and steer the Eagles to a back to back crown? Let’s ask the Magic 8 ball………..

Who among the Blue eagles is the King Eagle? even Coach Norman looks confused....

Who among the Blue Eagles is the King Eagle? even Coach Norman looks confused....

See ya in the UAAP all………

Random Gnews

Finally… I have time to update my blog. So many things to write about so I just decided to make some random Gnews………

Random Gnews – Did you notice lately that underdogs or upsets (favorites losing) have been in the news lately? In sports, Oralando eliminated the Cavaliers to “upset” the dream match-up of Kobe and LBJ in the NBA finals. (Ha, I got at least 50% of my predictions correct). In tennis, at the French Open Rafael Nadal saw his 31 match unbeaten streak ended by Soderling. In entertainment, Adam Lambert, the overwhelming favorite to win go the shaft (hehehe) and lost to Kris Allen. If you consider the next item an upset…. Katrina Halili is “upset” with Hayden Kho. “Tonight the music seems so loud….”

Kobe will go for ring #4.

Kobe will go for ring #4.

From Shaq to D12, Orlando is hoping for Championship # 1

From Shaq to D12, Orlando is hoping for Championship # 1

31 match winning streak.. poof!!!!

31 match winning streak.. poof!!!!

– Has anybody NOT seen the Haydengate scandal? Sorry, I will never listen to “Careless Whisper” the same way again. Too many mental images. Where do i get those glowing balls by the way? “Am never gonna dance again, guilty feelings got no rhythm….”

Kho was splashed with water at a recent senate hearing. He didn't seem to mind. "Now who's gonna dance with me.. please stay..."

Kho was splashed with water at a recent senate hearing. He didn't seem to mind. "Now who's gonna dance with me.. please stay..."

– I think Adam Lambert is still better than Kris. Kris Allen is also great, but I think Adam will be more popular and sucessful than Kris. Sorry guys. His version of Mad World was awesome as was his other performances.  Simon Cowell didn’t even stand when the winner was announced. Will he be back next to judge next year? BTW (To quote Polo B)” Kara is hot! I crush her!!!!”

"You're my idol." No you're my idol." "Pare.. pa-kiss.."

"You're my idol." No you're my idol." "Pare.. pa-kiss.."

Simon and Kara, will they be back to judge next year?

Simon and Kara, will they be back to judge next year?

– Watched Star Trek and Wolverine back to back weeknights last week. Am a 51% “Trekkie.” Not too diehard but enough to understand. I was amazed at how the producers made the perfect prequel to the Star Trek series, that even my kids and the generation who do not know about it, will enjoy the movie. My only criticism was Whaaat? Uhura and Spock an item? “Wictor,wictor” Sayang, the original James Kirk, William Shatner didn’t want to make a cameo. Leonard Nimoy did, and he looked really old, was it the make-up? Chuckled when Scotty said, “I’m givin’ it all she’s got Captain.” Can’t wait for the next one.

Cast of Star Trek 2009. Chekov, Kirk, Scotty,McCoy,Sulu, Uhura

Cast of Star Trek 2009. Chekov, Kirk, Scotty,McCoy,Sulu, Uhura

Star Trek 1960's. In front are Kirk and Spock, Sulu, Uhura, Chekov,Nurse Chapel,McCoy, Scotty

Star Trek 1960's. In front are Kirk and Spock, Sulu, Uhura, Chekov,Nurse Chapel,McCoy, Scotty

Wolverine was also amazing.Waw.Hugh Jackman. Roaaar!!! As usual, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, was a scene stealer. It was also interesting to see future X men like Cyclops, Iceman, being rescued by Jean Luc Picard of Star Trek. Aaaay, I got confused, Professor Xavier pala. Just wondering though, in the First Xmen movie, Sabertooth didn’t talk, and didn’t acknowledge Wolvie as his brother, I know Logan had his memory erased, but…, maybe in another movie.

Wolverine, my,what big claws you have.........

Wolverine, my,what big claws you have.........

– Don’t you hate it when you are watching a movie rated g or pg, and you are with your kids, then the theater starts showing trailers of movies with either  horror, violence or sex as as the subject. They showed the trailer of “Drag Me to Hell” while we were watching Star Trek. My boys had to cover their eyes and ears. This wasn’t the first time that this happened. I hope the movie operators be more sensitive to this. Paging Bong revilla and all the other senators who are busy with Haydengate. Hehehe.

Drag Me to Hell... scary stuff. Not for kids.

Drag Me to Hell... scary stuff. Not for kids.

– On a happier note, I can’t wait to see  Transformers 2, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and GI Joe. Bring them on!!!

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– Lebron’s game winner against Orlando in Game 2 was amazing. One for the ages. The game itself was really heart stopping.I was a witness, replay nga lang.

The King's game winner. I was a witness,sa replay nga lang.

The King's game winner. I was a witness,sa replay nga lang.

Lebron celebrates. Too bad, maybe next year.

Lebron celebrates. Too bad, maybe next year.

-Hedo is my new hero. Hedo vs Luke Walton in the finals, parehong kulot, from Turkey with love.- Will Andrew Bynum show up vs Superman in the finals? I think this will be the key to the series. Kobe and Pau will get theirs, Hedo and Rashard as well, Skip to my Lou vs Fish. Interesting matchups. No predictions from me… I like both teams. Hehehe, cop out. Sige na nga, Lakers kasi my eldest son was named after #24.

Key match up in the trenches, Bynum vs Howard

Key match up in the trenches, Bynum vs Howard

Superman in the Finals

Superman in the Finals

The Black Mamba will be ready to strike

The Black Mamba will be ready to strike

Pau Gasol should be more agressive

Pau Gasol should flex his claws

From Turkey with Love

From Turkey with Love

See you soon in my next entry all.

I’m never gonna dance again…………