Thanks for the Greeting y’all!!! …

20 10 2008

fu fu fu…

I just like to share the “early birds” who greetd me via FRIENDSTER …


Elena wrote:
> happy birthday kirk =)


document.write(fMakeDate(“10/10/2008 5:18 pm”,”-7″,”%M%M/%D%D/%y%y%y%y %h:%m%m %a”));10/11/2008 8:18 am

aPpEe bDaY tO yOu
aPpEe bDaY tO yOu
aPpEe bDaY aPpEe bDaY
aPpEe bDaY tO yOu!

aDvancE aPpEE bDaY KirKy!

MiSsiNg yOu sO…

hUgS aNd KiSsEs!

sEe YaH nExT sEm!

10/19/2008 4:36 pm
hi there=)
Ralph Wendell
10/16/2008 3:09 pm
kuya na kapitbahay ang Double O…advance Hapibday! hehe…

salamat sa pag promote sa wordpress,
mka pag blog nga rin…

10/18/2008 3:54 pm
document.write(fMakeDate(“10/13/2008 9:44 pm”,”-7″,”%M%M/%D%D/%y%y%y%y %h:%m%m %a”));10/14/2008 12:44 pm
  • kuya..BElated! Hahaha! D ka nagsasabi bday mo pala! 😀 hehehe!
—-> this is sooo strange … my Bday’s happening tomorrow, why belated? oh, here’s another one …
document.write(fMakeDate(“10/12/2008 9:43 pm”,”-7″,”%M%M/%D%D/%y%y%y%y %h:%m%m %a”));10/13/2008 12:43 pm
  • birthday mo? Ba’t di mo sinasabi?!!! Miss You!! Labyu!!! 🙂
What’s happennig to the world? …
he he he …
wierd …
anyway, thank you guys!!! … 😉

me and ate Ros of KNN was doin some chatting when they greeted me… :
Ros Padua (10/20/2008 5:51:28 PM): by the way kirk, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Ros Padua (10/20/2008 5:52:38 PM): from all of us here sa pmfi! ate yas, tita nancy, ate rin, ate tin, ate grace, and everyone else!

AM in cellular phones?! …

16 10 2008

you might be wondering why the heck write a post about phones having AM stations …

well, i just got curious that’s all … he he he …

here’s a post I read from YUGATECH, a blog about the latest trends about technology… and here’s what he has to say …

“About a year ago, I asked the guys at Nokia Singapore why they don’t have AM radio tuners to pair with the millions of FM tuner capable phones they develop. I thought the answer was in the north of physics, something that had to do with frequency modulation and amplitude modulation. I guessed wrong.

The truth is, it’s largely got to do with market demand. Who would want to use AM radio on their phones? I told them, AM radio is still hot and raging in the Philippines especially with regular folks that listen to news.

The other day, one of those blind masseurs in the malls told me he’s been waiting this one great feature a mobile phone should have — an AM radio. I agreed and told him about my earlier discussion with the people Nokia.

I myself very rarely use the FM tuner on my phone. I already have an iPod and a Zune to get my dose of music. More often than not, I tune in to one of the AM radio stations that rebroadcasts TV Patrol or GMA News in my car at around 6:30PM. I think this might also be true to other people as well.

Actually, there are some phones that both have AM radio (e.g. Sony Ericsson R300i, R306i) but if they could put FM tuners on half of the phones sold each year, why not just add AM tuner to it?

Why don’t we ask readers if they’d prefer AM radio or FM radio on their mobile phones? ”

ahhh… now I know … 😉

Amsterdam Diary

8 10 2008

ha ha ha! …

well, here’s the edited diary I have when I went to Amsterdam…

Thank goodness it was edited…

the actual text really looked and sounded crap…

Well, folks here it is …

(hope we finish the report! … 😉 )

from the KNN WEBSITE:

Kirk’s Amsterdam Diary

An account of Kirk Anthony Balmonte’s trip to Amsterdam to attend the Stranger Festival last July 3-5, 2008.

July 2, 2008

I’m already here in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and guess what, even at 10 in the evening, it’s still looks like the sun’s not yet ready to call it a day! The Dutch must really have LONG days, literally.

The flight from Manila to Amsterdam took more than 13 hours, and my butt really hurts. But the ride was exciting, and for someone who rode a plane for the first time it was also nerve-racking. When I finally arrived at the Schiphol Airport, I kind of got lost. Fortunately, a young man from the Stranger Festival staff saw me and led me to a nice group of Swedish teens.

July 3, 2008

My roommates were two Romanians who are also teenagers, a Lebanese and a Belgian adult. Most of the time, I hanged out with the Egyptian, whose name by the way is Karim. We’re the only guys who are with UNICEF who did the OneMinutes workshop in our home countries.

After having a big Dutch breakfast, we headed out to explore the festival area and a bit of Amsterdam. Karim and I walked along the city’s main thoroughfares. Amsterdam is a beautiful city for many reasons. For one, it’s clean. There isn’t really much pollution because they mostly use bicycles instead of cars. Their public transportation are trams and buses, adding to a clean environment. Second, is because of the preservation of its traditional buildings. In almost every corner, you will see buildings in their natural yet stunning appeal, reflecting beauty that comes with old age. We also saw coffee shops selling marijuana, and prostitution shops were prominent in a section of Amsterdam.\

At dinner time we headed out to Westergasfabriek, where the Strangers Festival’s main events took place. The opening program was held in an arena with video projections all around. Dutch artist “Ego-man”, who can edit music and videos with just the use of his joints and techno-suit, showed some of this work that added to the night’s flair of teenage-techno-party. After the program, we all headed back to our hotels, excited for what the following days still had to offer.

July 4, 2008

Fun-filled activities, here we come!

After our usual morning routines, Karim and I headed to Westergasfabriek via 2 trams, which took one hour from our hotel. We visited the Gashouder building, where the Strangers Exhibition was. This is an area where all the videos nominated and cited were shown for the public to watch. Then all of a sudden, our video “Breath of Freedom” which was nominated in the Inside-out category, was being played as the background of a Wii game.

For dinner, we travelled to Rotterdam, a city beside Amsterdam, to dine in a Japanese restaurant. This is immediately followed by a party featuring famous Dutch rappers.

July 5, 2008

The final day of the Strangers Festival was loaded with workshops. Prior to flying to The Netherlands, UNICEF enlisted me to two of the numerous workshops in the festival. One was “Reality Check” – a workshop where a panel of video professionals view and critique films, and another was “Making the Video, Making the Money” – a workshop focusing on how creative videos earn revenue.

The first workshop was, in a way, terrifying. It’s not always easy to be in front of a lot of people with comments incessantly being thrown at you. It made me feel like a reality show contestant. But thank God, aside from some minor flaws they noticed, they were impressed by the video. A judge from the Netherlands’ MTV awards seven said that “Breath of Freedom” was also short listed in the top 10 of the MTV awards.

In the afternoon, I hurried to “Making the Video, Making the Money” workshop spearheaded by John Nota of Popular videos uploaded online or Viral Videos were shown, together with analysis of how these videos became so famous. He even discussed marketing your own personal videos as well as the revenue-generating potential of these videos.

Evening came, and as we settled in our seats, loud music filled the air. I was very uneasy, partly due to whether “Breath of Freedom” will or not. The short movie, which Guill (fellow Baguio reporter and friend) and I co-created, was nominate in the Inside-Out Category, which is about the fine line between being included or excluded. It’s about stereotypes and prejudices and ways to overcome these. After names of the winners were announced from the other categories and winners paraded the stage one-by-one, I was so cold and petrified that the camera I was holding was taking really shaky shots. And before I knew it, they were already flashing the nominees for the Inside-Out category.

Round of applause… Judges explaining why the winner won … Hosts declaring “And he winner is” … Zarina Pashtova with her movie “Unitled”!

Awww … well congratulations Zarina! After some new acquaintances and farewells, the night comes to an end.

There are still a lot of things I needed to do, like packing my bags for it will be a long trip for me tomorrow afternoon. But for now, the night is still young and all we have to do is have fun and enjoy our youth.

Stranger Fest “Diary” and the Sudden Movie Marathon

10 09 2008

yippppeeee!!!! …

finally the summarized write-up I made for the Kabataan News Network website was published just this morning! …

you can view it here at the website

anyway, this was an absolutely an “un-normal” day for me. Tristan, janna, Rowyn and I spend the whole night (and dawn actually…) just watching a bunch of movieswhich were:

1.) A Japanese film with a mute antagonist – obviously, it was mentally disturbing … lots and lots of blood … gory but thought-provoking throughout …

2.) Inconvenient Truth – made me want to become and environmentalist … well-researched and scary in a way … well, that’s if you care about the world …

3.) Korean film ” Sex Zero” – made my lungs dry out laughing! … I was virtually rolling all over the floor! … but what was really striking about the film is its ending … nicely done!!! … this American-pie themed movie will surely brighten your day (could even make you poop for laughing incessantly…) and give teenagers a bit of spanking …

4.) Blair Witch Project – “what in the world was that?” … the ending says it all …

and before we knew it, it was 6 or 5 in the morning…

aww well, we forgot two thigns during this sudden movie marathon . One, we had an early class the next day and Two, we were supposed to make a film script …

well at least we watched movies that gave us some ideas and really pushed our film script forward …

if you’re planning for a movie marathon with your friends, here’s a quick tip: make sure you have a limit of some sort or plan it out at least. (I ended up not going to my class since I chose to sleep … he he he …) Another thing, your list of movies should be filled with things you’re very much interested to watch and have back-up. (who would want to watch a film only one person likes? Sheeesh, you’ll find yourself enjoying while your other friends either fall into a deep sleep or plan the next marathon without you …)

So there, if you still got some tips, just write it down below…

happy movie watching! … 😉