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Review: Avatar (2009)

Rating:★★★★★Category:MoviesGenre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
I immensely enjoyed watching the film, especially on IMAX. =) The computer generated animation blended seamlessly with the live shots.

The story is somewhat similar to Pocahontas... a foreigner entered the forest in search of wealth, and then fell in love with the Chief's daughter and her people. He helped them to save their land from the onslaught of his people. But this is where the stories diverge: in Pocahontas' story, the man went back home; in Avatar, the man became part of the people.

The James Cameron film and the Disney cartoon have one message: we have to save the world we live in.

Growing kitties

three months after their first photo op... and i don't have names for them yet!

Biker at the drive thru

This is the first time I've encountered a bicycle-rider at the drive thru (picture taken at the Jollibee branch near Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Calamba). 

Cool!
Must try it myself sometime.
It beats being stuck in traffic and it reduces the carbon footprint... although the best alternative is really to just dine in. That's because Jollibee has started using washable plates, tumblers, and cutlery for diners. Styrofoam and plastic are now used mainly for take aways.

Trooping to the UPLB Nativity display

Malapit na maging December 14th...

After the Big Show at IRRI, we trooped to the UPLB gate to have their photo moment by the Christmas tree and the belen. The models were all game even at the late hour. =) That's a wrap, people!

Yes, the Jazz was parked behind the gym, but the key was in the office...












IRRI 50th ANIbersaryo: Snippets from the Big Show

Gabi na, pero December 13th pa rin. =) Wally and Jose kept the crowd laughing. IRRI and Laguna talents also graced the stage. But those who waited patiently had a great surprise: Karylle, Christian Bautista, and the Mocha Girls were there, and we had no idea! What a way to kick off IRRI's 50th anniversary.

IRRI 50th ANIbersaryo: Before the Big Show

Still December 13th. Thank goodness the skies put a lid on the rain that drenched the place at lunch time! The campus dried up fast as well.

IRRI Awards for Length of Service

A big chunk of the Grain Quality staff received awards this year. The most loyal of the Grain Quality people is Tita Dory, who has accumulated 30 years of service to IRRI and to the rice-eating population of the world.

The concerted efforts of this year's awardees mitigated potential food crises around the world for more than three decades. Their work does not stop though, and new blood is pouring in to help improve food security in the face of more challenging environments and climate conditions. =)

The Gift: The Concert

December 15, 2009

Photo credits go to Leo Ocampo, Donald Villanueva, and Yuan Custodio

The Gift: Backstage pass

Rehearsals leading to the concert. From the Plant Prep Room in Hemmi to Room C in Umali, to the Havener Auditorium. Photos mainly captured by Ching Habito.

GQNPC Christmas Party 2009

We had a lunch get-together at the Post-harvest office on December 16. The wild rice casserole was great!