Things that I will miss about college and UA&P

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  1. Blue and Gold [I think they serve great food, although a little bit pricey]
  2. Pearl Drive and Amethyst Drive: TOSH, Buddy’s, Jollibee, name it all.
  3. Walang kamatayang Megamall and Shangri-la Plaza
  4. Block X-MAS Parties!!
  5. Fourth Year First Semester Lunch Triumvirate (Me, Kat, and Drew) and the discussions happening during lunch (Philo, Theo, etc.)
  6. Lunch at ADB
  7. Team Spotlight (in case of recession, execute business plan! wohoo!) – Me, Drew, Kat, Matt, JE, Jay, Edric
  8. Jack Welch!! [Background story: we didn’t knew that we will be presenting that day all of a sudden we find ourselves preparing everything under one hour, (with me having only one bullet in the prezo, in the end we were given a high grade!]
  9. First Year Lakwatsa (nakaabot kami noon sa Glorietta / SM North Edsa in between classes)
  10. Calculus 2 : Miss Endozo
  11. Online Enlistment Blues
  12. 4/F ACB Building
  13. Wearing a barong when everyone wears coat and tie
  14. Calculus 2 pa din
  15. Block Gossips, Gossip Girl (you know who you are) and “database”
  16. Overnight Block Party 3rd Year – Went to sleep with THAT blockmate singing, woke up a few hours after when the sun is up still with that same blockmate singing in the karaoke [you know who you are]
  17. Horatio, Gwell, and 192.16.20.7 port 3128
  18. Calculus 2 – receiving the “notification” through facebook and getting super stressed and depressed afterwards
  19. Calculus 2 – receiving the “notification” through text notifying that you passed
  20. IT Faculty Room
  21. Clash of the Brains!
  22. The Calculus 7
  23. The time when we’re bored and decided to record a video of ourselves lip-synching [thank god no one uploaded that]
  24. Cutting one class only to realize that the rest of classes for the day are free-cut
  25. Cutting class and going to megamall (yes, I do it)
  26. Sem-end Starbucks Rituals [Ulrich and I]
  27. Starting and Ending the Semester at an Airport (3Y2SEM)
  28. Accounting with Sir Peter
  29. Funfest
  30. Trip to the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI)
  31. Dissecting Frogs, Mice and other stuff in Bio Lab
  32. Bio Laboratory
  33. All the cool gadgets in Physics Lab Class
  34. Instant Paper for Physics regarding TVs
  35. Spiritual Direction
  36. Stella Orientis Oratory
  37. Our carpeted classrooms in 5/F
  38. Praying that all my classes are all in ACB, and not on the dreaded CAS 4/F
  39. PS, PHL, TH subjects
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Disturbed – until I saw a Doctor

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For the past few weeks, I can’t sleep properly, I can’t eat properly (there are days that I have no appetite to eat). In short I am disturbed and worried not because of the current macroeconomic climate and its possible effects on me but simply because of my forehead and what is possibly inside it.

Last March, as part of the employment process with my current employer I was asked to go to this multi-specialty clinic somewhere in Ayala to have my pre-employment exam done. Everything went well, except when I encountered this physician and the started asking questions about the prominent bump on the left side of my forehead. Although we had this x-rayed two to three years ago, we didn’t have a closure and it was not properly explained to me. So going back to this physician, she suggested that I see an orthopedic surgeon and there is a possibility that I need to undergo surgery to chip bits and pieces of my forehead off [Chester at this point had an image of some doctor using a chisel on his skull]. YIKES!

This made me really worried, especially that there are times that my head hurts on that exact spot and made me think “what if I have some kind of terminal illness already?” for weeks I have been thinking about this and came up with possible scenarios and what to do’s just in case I meet my greatest fear face to face. [Seriously, I thought of things such as accepting my fate, what FB status should I post, to leave all of a sudden and to visit as much places as I can, people to e-mail] 

Last Saturday, I told my mother that I want peace of mind [because I couldn’t stand it anymore] so we scrambled to find the best doctor we can get to have me checked once and for all and in a few hours I found myself at the Philippine Orthopedic Institute to see an orthopedic surgeon. I am his last patient and he ordered that I be subjected to a skull x-ray ASAP so he can evaluate. They took x-rays of my Skull, after a few minutes the results are in the surgeon evaluated it and he told me that there is nothing to be concerned about. He explained to me what it is, apparently it is a sinus cavity and I got it in-born.

Thank Goodness! I am relieved, I was able to feel better, sleep well and eat properly after that.

21 Things to do at 21: #21 – Start Collecting & Reading Books!

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When was the last time that I read a book that is not related to academics? It has been a long time! The last book I read is that Harry Potter Book that I purchased as a High School graduation gift for myself then was sold to the book club by my mother. How about a non-fiction book? Never unless it is IT related. After that it is either: I can’t (but not won’t) buy books or I don’t have time to read a book since I have to finish this and that.

I realized that I need to read more when I joined a public speaking organization in UA&P. Our adviser, during one of the exercises in speech suggested that I should read more books (non-IT) so that my views and ideas would not be restricted to a specific field. Later on, I found myself “auditioning” for a speech competition and here I realized (and believed) that I have a LOT of work to do.

Over the years, because of the influence of new kinds of media (e.g. DVD, Internet, etc.), my attention span for text was degraded and I can’t stand reading a 10-page reading for a specific subject. So now something has to be done, so that if ever I decided to work on either a second BS degree related to Politics, Diplomacy, MSIT, MBA, or JD, my mind is set and I am ready!

So what kind of books am I looking for?

Right now I am NOT looking for IT books.

During my junior year in the university, when I was working on my final paper for Philippine Culture and Society I came across with this work of Frank Lynch about the Philippine Society and for a short time I got hooked to the book, it discusses things like the aswang, and it helped me understand our culture deeper. I want books like this + books that discuss: International Relations, Law, History (other nations – after WWII (Cold War, etc.), Diplomacy, Management.

Right now, for to start off my collection I bought this yesterday at National Bookstore:

This book is about how the United States helped rebuild Europe after WWII. I haven’t really start reading and absorbing what is in it but I think it is a great start.

10 Things that I wanted to do in college but never had a chance

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These are some of the things that I thought that I wanted to do in college but unfortunately I never had the chance. Some of the things here, are things that I still wanted to do as a working person especially #1, #3 – hmm, I don’t know. It’s nice to list them down and set them aside once and for all since I would be very imprudent if I keep on looking back and think that I should have done this and that.

  1. Join an Extemporaneous Speech Competition or any other speaking competition – this is one of the things that I really wanted to do during my college years. I have joined numerous competitions related to IT (Web Design Competitions, Quiz Bees) and I wanted to do something different for a change. I imagined myself on the stage giving the best extemporaneous speech in the world (well not in the world, maybe in the hall), I almost had this chance when I tried out for a prepared speech competition but unfortunately the piece I created wasn’t good enough since I only created it that morning, tried to memorize it in-between class and presented it at night.  The piece would have been better if I have been reading a lot of non-IT books (as if I had the time).
  2. Be a writer / layout artist for the student paper – this is something that I did in late-high school. I was the layout artist for the Bosconian Journal (well better not mention the acronym here) and from there I thought that this would be something that I would like to do again once I am in college since a lot of Bosconian Journal contributors write for their respective university’s student publication. Well one problem though, my school doesn’t have one.
  3. Find Love – enough said, but I found another LOVE (Longhorn, Office, Vista, and Exchange). But seriously, I don’t know or I just think that college love is pathetic (well you go together in your college years and boom after your graduation you go on separate ways) or I just think that love is expensive (well the other LOVE is kind of expensive too but it is another thing) and I’m too busy to find love. What do you think?
  4. Night Out with Blockmates (and friends too) – well I don’t consider overnight Christmas parties with matching parlor games, injured people, etc. as night out, I’m thinking of something like we people wandering the metro at night thing doing things (good and wholesome things).
  5. Be Active in Church (again) – I was once a sacristan in our parish, waking up at 530 AM to prepare for the 715 AM mass. Until that one day when we were barred from serving in the mass (well because we missed a handful of Sundays of KOA meetings), it was a sad event but learned to move on. But there is this voice within me that makes me want to go back, I considered giving out catechesis but don’t know where to go.
  6. Participate in an international student exchange program – I find it too complicated, but this is something that I wanted to do in college.
  7. Participate in WYD – instead of getting down under, I found myself in the north a few months before the WYD. All I can say is that I promise that I will NOT miss Madrid 2011.
  8. Take classes in Political Economy and Communications – I don’t know if this is even possible (well you have taken at least 6 Units with the IPE and 3 Units with SCM but that’s another thing), but yeah I would love to take some classes in Political Economy and Communications. I think International Relations is COOL!
  9. Take IT Law as an elective – it was in the school’s brochure, I wanted to take it but in my four years as student in the university, it was not offered.
  10. Go somewhere else with my blockmates – enough said.

Pre-Employment Medical Exam

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Last Friday, I had my Pre-Employment Exam at the Grepalife Medical and Diagnostic Center in Makati City. It went pretty well, the blood extraction was done perfectly (unlike when I had my APE with that big clinic at the 5/F of Megamall, it was ouch). Got my Chest X-RAY even if my last X-RAY was done <1 year ago. Everything went smoothly as intended.

One thing though, and this one seems unusal. They have this area (a living room) where people sit while waiting for their names to be called. It is also where nurses measure the BP of patients. That area also has TV installed, and you know what they have been showing: Mind Freak by Chris angel. Yeah right another magic show, but it is not just an ordinary magic show, in that magic show you see him do tricks such as slicing himself up with a 4ft saw, getting himself pierced in the fence, etc. It is enough to shoot your respective BP up. No wonder why people have normal high BP there. 😛

Twenty Five Things About Me

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1. I have two names Chester Clado Coronel being my full legal name and Chester John Clado Coronel being my baptismal name. The reason being for the discrepancy is that my father’s uncle, a priest who baptized me, insisted in putting John on my name because I was born on the Feast of St. John the Baptist.

2. I have a bump on my forehead, and never knew where it came from.

3. I literally slept with computer books when I was a kid (Grade 2-3). To be exact I have some on my side and one or two under my pillow.

4. I used to believe that there are only two countries in the world when I was a kid, the United States and the Philippines. The great part is that I used to think that the US is the moon.

5. My first e-mail address is chetcoronel@yahoo.com, I was in 4th grade back then. At that time, I am asking if I could e-mail my fourth grade classmates. That e-mail address died because of this certain Yahoo policy.

6. My very first public speaking engagement was in Grade 2, I recited the Little Half Chick for the inter-section story telling contest. I won first runner up.

7. One of my childhood ambitions is to be the class president, ever since grade 1. This materialized when I am in first year college.

8. I was a problem kid during my nursery, kinder and early elementary days. I used to pull the veil of nuns in my school and they almost decided to kick me out when I was in nursery.

9. I learned how to drink coffee when I was in 3rd grade, and it’s batangas coffee.

10. Generally, I love music that either is a: Classic, Musical, or Bukas Palad. Any music that is on my zune but doesn’t fall under these criteria, I placed them because they sound so good.

11. I am trying to teach myself the piano. So far, no progress, did not succeed :(.

12. I had my first personal digital assistant when I was on my 6th grade. It was a Sharp Zaurus.

13. Never had a GF ever and one of the biggest turn-off for me is that when they SMS me past 1030PM.

14. I love cold places and If I were to migrate to another country, I will make sure that the country has cold weather all year round.

15. I still don’t understand why my parents wouldn’t allow me to go on a trip with my classmates in Batangas when in fact I returned from Canada/US in one piece last summer without bruises, fractures, etc.

16. Originally, I wanted to be a pilot, then when mom and dad has plans expanding this house way back and when I saw the floor plan I dreamed of being an architect. For some reason, I’m in IT now.

17. I used to think (as kid) that if you want to create software, you just draw it on screen and some kind of magic will work and viola you have software that is working.

18. Lucky was my best dog (so far), she would follow me everywhere even in my room and leave when I am asleep. Now she’s gone 😥

19. If given a chance, I want to be a lawyer.

20. I seriously considered (as in seriously) entering the seminary when I’m about to graduate HS. During the graduation practice I seriously thought of it, but ended having to tell our spiritual director that I decided not to.

21. One of my unforgettable kris-kringle thing was (December 2008) last year. I was like <insert appropriate emoticon here for shocked>, but nevertheless had fun.

22. I cried when Pope John Paul II left the Philippines in 1995.

23. I thought that an indian reservation in the United States is a place where I can see Animals, Trees, anything related to nature. I was wrong.

24. I never pack light, I always would have extra of something clothes, underwear, socks, etc. I would bring the usual luggage (with wheels) for camping.

25. I finished this at 1025, and i’ll be working on my ethics exam again.

The Chester Coronel Christmas Wishlist 2009

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Need help in looking for a gift for me this christmas? Think no more! take a look at the following gifts that I wanted to recieve this Christmas.
  1. Bukas Palad Albums (FYI, Stand by Me Still and Far Greater Love)
  2. Musical Soundtracks (Camp Rock, High School Musical, Hairspray)
  3. Mabuhay Miles  / Plane Ticket (MNL-YVR(optional)-LAX/LAS-JFK-LAX-MNL) (for use in late-march, early-april)
  4. Zune Pass Subscription, kahit one month lang
  5. Shirts from Nautica or Izod
  6. Papemelroti Products
  7. Blenz Coffee GCs
  8. Windows Mobile Powered Phones
  9. Religious books (make sure it has an imprimatur and a nihil obstat)
  10. XBOX
  11. Media Center Extender
  12. LCD TV
  13. Driving School GCs (enough for me to learn how to drive from zero)

 

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