Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ULTIMATE All-Star Weekend!!!: NBA All-Stars vs Smart Gilas Pilipinas

The wait finally arrived! The Ultimate All-Star Weekend has gone but the story that enveloped The Big Dome last Sunday is still fresh in my senses. The NBA-All Stars and the Smart Gilas sure exhibited a great game; they brought down Smart Araneta Colisuem!! It was just an exhibition game but I could tell that they took it somehow seriously. Kudos to that! The crowd applauded and stood for every good shot. Not a BB fan but I myself did too! It CANNOT be helped!!

Our home team, I must say, played really well. Shouts to JV Casio... and Chris Tiu! ;) The first basket was actually scored by our home team, wouldjabelieve! One proud moment --at least for me.

Friends lined up as early as 7am. I came 15 minutes before the 1PM ball time. Thanks to them, they secured a seat for me! ha ha!

In a (bulleted) nutshell, here are the scenes I personally will never ever forget that made up Sunday's Ultimate All-Star exhibition game:
  • Willie Revillame was shown in close-up on screen, a good number in the crowd BOO-ed. Oooops! Sorry, Willie, not your crowd! ;P
  • Sen. Antonio Trillanes III was also spotted on screen! It was somehow surprising and really unexpected! In my mind, "What? No. Wait, who was that they focused again". I kind of had second thoughts! Upon validation that it was him, I laughed. I actually found it funny that he was there! Parang comic relief. :)
  • While at a free throw, MVP Derrick Rose plastered a cute smile for his nervousness. He missed the two free throws, by the way! haha! He still showed his cute smile that indemnified the missed shots. ;P
  • CP3 did the razzle dazzle dribble. I am not sure what it is called but friends coined it "pektos". haha! No clue how he does it!!
  • Boxing champ, Manny Pacquiao, came during the 3rd Quarter of the game. He caused a stir! Everyone chanted "Manny, Manny" as he takes his seat. He almost stole the show! Another Pinoy Pride moment! 
  • Kobe Bryant walked over to Manny Pacquiao while at a timeout. They chatted a bit. Everyone cheered!!! Two great athletes in one stadium!!! Iba ka, Manny! :) 
  • The pound-for-pound champ, then, walked towards the NBA stars' bench. They exchanged man-hugs, shook hands.
  • Chris Paul jokingly challenged Pacman to a sparring match. Whole of Araneta laughed and whoo-ed. I can still paint a mind scene of Chris Paul's provoking moves. 
  • After the game, the NBA stars asked for Pacman's autograph and had photo taken with him. Take note, not a group photo with the boxing champ!!! Some were spotted having a photo taken with him INDIVIDUALLY!
  • We, of course, had no idea what Kobe and Manny were chatting about. BUT, Kobe signaled "call me"! Naks, Manny!  
  • Chris Paul was spotted having a photo taken with Pacman. The funny part, he shooed a passerby that got into their (picture perfect moment) way! :))) 
  • At the end of it all, everyone whooped for both teams, for every single good basket! Everyone just wanted to witness and be part of an ultimate game and that's what both team put on. It was a great game!! <3 <3 We had to endure our hunger pangs but we definitely were filled with all the good moves! 
After the game, we passed by Burgoo since we saw two friends dining (Ate Kat of Bragger Buyer and Kuya Berto, one of the many solid Laker and Kobe fans!!). Customers at a long table besides them were too interested that they really asked about the Metta World Peace shirt by FanBoy Clothing as shown in previous post! One guy said and, well, lobbied that he'll get (Kuya Berto's shirt order) the shirt for 500php. FanBoy Clothing, indeed, stands out in a fan-filled crowd. :)

We drove all the way to Ortigas, after, to eat at Uncle Moe's. I enjoyed their Beef Kabab with kabab dressing and salsa!! :) Their buttered rice was a joke --plain rice topped with butter slice! I enjoyed my meal, nevertheless.
    ***Flashes*** here, there and everywhere inside Smart Araneta Coliseum as the players of Smart team (NBA-All Stars) gets introduced.
    Didn't bring a camera, so, these two are the only photos I have using my E5!
    Army of players in a line.   
    Yes, as you can depict from my bulleted highlights, Pacman moments sure did made an impact, for me.
    Photo from
    Kobe and Tiu!! <3
    Photo from
    Bromance! Iba ka talaga, Manny!! "You already"!
    Photo c/o
    Poster from

    Smart All-Stars (Kobe Bryant, JaVale McGee, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Deron Williams,  Derrick Rose, Chris Paul,  Derek Fisher) won over Smart Gilas (JV Casio, Marcus Douthit, Chris Lutz, DonDon Hontiveros, Lassiter, Chris Tiu, Japet Aguilar, Williams, Ababou, Alapag, Baracael, Barroca, Asi Taulava, Ballesteros) 98-89.

     Party rock is in the house tonightEverybody just have a good time   

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Kobe Bryant in Manila 2011!!!

    July 13, 2011, we followed Kobe Bryant in Manila! We met at The Fort as early as 11am for lunch. Then, went at Nike, The Fort for Kobe's short appearance. After that, at about 4pm, off we drove to Araneta Coliseum for the 5pm basketball clinic/exhibition game with the Smart Gilas and the UAAP All-Stars. 

    I am not a basketball fan... but I do love Michael Jordan (who doesn't!!?!) and was a fan of the then-Chicago Bulls! <3 I tagged along because they had a spare ticket and I got loads of free time, haha! I told myself, "owkaaay, I'll just be the camera man, fan friends."

    I must say though, I had fun being in the midst of fans. We were standing behind the barricades at The Fort. Couple of fans behind us shouted funny (for some irritating) soulful yells. Fans screamed "KOOOBEEEE" at the top of their lungs and even shouted in frustration to make Kobe come near us. For split second, they were close to meeting the aim. We thought he was coming near us... He was really walking towards us!!!, BUT security was D tight. They altered his path. They didn't want Kobe to go anywhere near the grass!! JK.. In short, they failed! Haha! I was genuinely laughing the entire time! I felt their joyful frustration! :))) 

    I felt the I N T E N S I T Y all the more at The Big Dome! So many people came together in Araneta  Coliseum for the love of Kobe!! I really felt happy for all the fans who came --from children as young as 5 years old to teenagers to yuppies to adults; from male fans to female fans, geared up in their Nikes and Kobe jerseys/shirts/attire, tinodo na ang pagiging fan, haha, why not! Everyone was wearing their best giddy smiles that topped it all off!

    I went there as a spectator but I ended up enjoying the entire Kobe day! I actually am looking forward to July 24! :)
    Waiting for Kobe at The Fort! It was super hooooot!! *agit*
    We were grilled waiting from 2pm till Kobe's arrival at 3pm.
     Fans waiting near the Nike store's entrance door where Kobe came out...
    with Gio, Finn, and Rain :)
     Damarbs wearing FanBoy's Metta World Peace shirt!
    FOR ORDERS AND INQUIRIES: You may contact 09173531857 or follow @finneymann on twitter! Hurry! DM, tweet, PM him now! He's selling his shirts for 300php ONLY!! :)) Available in other colors. :)
     Photo courtesy of @tyler899
    FanBoy shirts: Metta World Peace shirt, Black Mamba shirt, and Kobe shirt, respectively.
     Other shirt designs by FanBoy clothing: Hand Down Man Down and You're No Kobe
    Ok... For more inquires and available FanBoy shirt designs just contact him, haha

    Going back on track :) ...
     It's raining swoosh!
    The Fort event was hosted by Aaron Atayde and JINNO RUFINO, ahhhhh!!!
    I ended up musing glaring at Jinno Rufino at The Fort!! He shook my hand even!! waaa! Thanks to Nikko a.k.a Tyler of Magic 89.9 (one of the most humble, light-spirited people I know) for introducing us! haha!
     Finally, Kobe's on stage!! I was looking at Jinno, though! JK! ;P
     Privileged kids!
     The crowd at one side

    Finally, the real deal!! Game faces on! The Black Mamba at the The Big Dome!!!
    Hosted by Bianca Gonzales and Boom Gonzales, this time.
     After the interview with Kobe, players of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas and players of the UAAP All-Stars were introduced.
     Players preppin' up
    Kobe on the couch, to assess a 10-minute game with other coaches.

    Everyone was shocked and pumped up at the same time with the BIG Mamba twist!!! Kobe Bryant asked for an 8 minute extension! He played with Filipino players and teamed up with the UAAP All-Stars!! The energy inside Araneta became more INSANE!!! 
    According also to Bianca Gonzales, this was the ONLY time he insisted to play in an exhibition game! Lucky us we were there! :))
    It was a GREAT 8-minute unexpected, unplanned game! Everyone was standing whenever the ball was at Kobe's hands! Whole Araneta chanting that the ball be passed to Kobe! The energy of the crowd was WILD!! 
    Even at the start of the UAAP All-Stars-Smart Gilas game, some were requesting, "Kobe, Kobe"... It's a Kobe event after all.. Who wouldn't want to see The Black Mamba play instead! :)) All came for Kobe!!!
    Kobe puts on an FEU jersey, about to put on a show!!
    FEU must really be proud, haha!
     Prior to Kobe's participation, the score was: Smart Gilas - 33 | UAAP - 24
     Crowd went WILDERRRRRR, oh!
     Even Chris Tiu <3 <3 <3 got kilgzzz!  
    Kinilig din ako nung makita ko siya! haha!
    Game ends with 45-41 Smart Gilas Pilipinas!
    Most panira moment goes to... Slaughter! haha! He missed an easy basket that would've made the score tie!
    There were two to four easy baskets missed, I think!
    Kobe was a very, very giving player. He could've taken those two to four easy baskets and the rest (just as the crowd requested) but he gave the UAAP players the chance. He did an insane DUNK, though!! :))

    I enjoyed every minute of the game! The energy of the crowd was contagious! Collective behavior??! ha ha!
    If you're a fan and you weren't here, I suggest you go buy a ticket for the 23rd/24th!!! ;-) Don't let the THRILLING, NAKAKAKILIG TO THE HILT chance pass you by again! See you there! <3


    Reminiscing: Dear Nina

    I only have one note in my facebook account  (note: dated 2009!). I checked it little while ago and reread dated responses with an awwww smile! Nakakatuwa! Boy do I miss college! To all friends who responded, you are genuinely missed!! :) <3 <3
    Dear ALL,
    I love you all. <3
    Hope we'll have great years ahead of us.
    All of you make me wanna be in LB. Life seemed simplier then.
    We must see each other soon.
    Someday we will.
    You + me = ~Friends forever~ LOL
    If I saw any of you now I'd giligad smile.
    I want to see all of you SOON.
    I made this post to say how much I miss simple joys (store? haha) like these.
    If I could sing you any song it would be "That's how we roll, we roll like this".
    We could look back with joy and dream and rant and just giggle under the stars.


    (P.S. I really miss all of you!! I miss everyone!! *creys*)

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    SHOP ONLINE: New clothes at Schmug

    After few weeks of laziness, I finally am uploading new items at Schmug. :) Yes... as of the moment, I'm still uploading new stuff! :*) I'm selling one of my fave dresses yet wore it just once. haha! 
    Channeling eco-Japaneseeeee
    I miss my zit free face :( (Here I go again, haha!) Please be back soon :( Good skin is one's best accessory :(( Can't understand why this is happening now. :(
    Dress: available at Schmug | Shoes: Converse | Belt: Just G
    Same dress, different look!
    Layered with this Schmug OH my vest item! :))
    to get this dress at a very affordable price and to see other items up for grabs!! :)) See you there, co-cheapskate! ;)

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