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Potterhead

Harry Potter 6 I finally watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince last Saturday.

And I’m sorry, but I found it boring.

I tried as much as I can to avoid the reactions of the other people after they watched the movie. Some people told me they loved/liked it, some people said it was meh, but I never asked for details because I wanted to see for myself. I loved the sixth book; I honestly thought it was one of the best books in the series, and it had me crying at the end (of course). I was kind of expecting the movie to be good…but that just shows that I haven’t learned how to lower my expectations of the Harry Potter movies. :P

I just thought it was too long and dragging. I may have a short attention span with the movies I watch, and anything that is beyond 2 hours is already¬† such. a. long. movie. for me. However, I found Transformers 2 and The Dark Knight quite long too, but I liked it. Maybe it’s because there’s more action there than Harry Potter 6?

I have a feeling I’ll be watching this one again and my opinion will change, but my first viewing was kind of a disappointment. Halfway through the movie, I wanted to just fast forward it and get to the end, just to get it all over with.

This seriously reminds me of the third movie, which I really didn’t like. Hay. So sad. This makes me want to read the book again just to console myself.

Anyway. That’s really not the point of the post. I found this little Harry Potter questionnaire from Candymag.com’s blog, and I thought it would be a fun thing to answer. Credits to them, of course. :)

1. What would amortentia smell like to you?
Ralph Lauren’s Polo Sport for Men (the one in the blue bottle).¬† Strawberry-watermelon scented perfume. Freshly brewed coffee.

2. If you looked into The Mirror of Erised, what would you see?
As in right now? Okay, me with the my guy (whoever he is), spending time together and doing things that I couldn’t do on my own or didn’t have the time to do when we aren’t together yet. Like traveling with friends, or watching a movie on the opening day despite the crowds or going on a date on Valentine’s Day…or going to bookstores together and giving recommendations to each other as we browse around the store. Ask me again in a few days and it might change. :P

3. Which particular memory would you focus on if you had to create a Patronus?
My family and my brother’s girlfriend on our way to the gates of Hong Kong Disney Land last May. :) We didn’t get in but it was so much fun running around the trains on the way to Disney Land. Oh, another memory would be the day I got my job offer at where I work now. :)

4. If it was possible to accio people, who would you summon right now?
My dad, most probably, who works in another country. Also my grade school best friend Jamie, who I haven’t seen since she last visited during junior year in high school. Or even just my college best friend, Bea, who I haven’t seen for months because of our busy schedules.

5. Where would you like to apparate to?
NYC. Or Australia. The places I have been aching to visit since last year.

6. What would your boggart look like?
Flying roaches and frogs. :/

7. If you drank a vial of felix felicis for breakfast, what would happen for the rest of the day?
It would be a sunny-but-not-too-hot day, with a slight breeze blowing every now and then. I’d be able to go to the gym and have a good work out and then chance upon a friend who’d give me a ride to work. We’d have a relatively low volume day, and our team would go out and eat lunch together. Later on, my friend and I would go visit the bookstore and I’d be able to get the last copy of the book I’ve been looking for with a very good discounted price. I’d give myself time to eat some ice cream for a change with some of my office friends that I haven’t seen yet, and then discover that I have some money in my pants pocket that I totally forgot about. I’d get a good commendation from work, a nice text message (heh), and then my brother would call me and say he’s driving by to pick me up from work. :)

Okay that was actually quite fun to answer. :) Ah, the magical world of Harry Potter. I don’t think today would be the same without these seven books, yes? What’s your favorite book? And what would your answers to the questions above be? :)

Stupefied

Yes, that’s Harry Potter language. I’m not yet done reading, so DON’T spoil me please.

An update on what happened to Ginger’s HDD — all my files are gone, gone, gone. Hay. Well, searching my old CDs, I do have some kind of backup for my layouts and my writings but it’s last May 2006. So anything in between that and now is gone. Except for those I managed to store and email online (thank you gMail for having so much space) and for Triskal for having my videos and my songs. And Multiply for keeping some of my pictures.

I’ve been trying to make some kind of inventory of the files I have that are either retrievable somewhere, someway and those that are not…and here’s what I came up with so far:

  • MP3s – that’s 12GB worth of music. Maaaan. But thank goodness, they’re pretty much replaceable since 7GB of it is in Triskal. Maybe now I can choose which mp3s to store, instead of having a hard time what to delete.
  • Photos – No new pics in between the year that I did not upload in Multiply, except maybe for the graduation photos, which are so few. Hmm.
  • Videos – now thank God I have these in Triskal…but I did lose my copy of Thr3e and Meet the Robinsons. Plus Joan of Arcadia Season 2 Part 1. Ohwell. Back to torrents.
  • Layouts – All the layouts I’ve done for the past year are gone. That’s really, really bad. :( I don’t have a backup copy online too since I deleted them already. That’s just sad. Oh well. I guess I can still reconstruct them when I want to make them again. And make it better this time.
  • Old Blog Entries – This is also quite sad. I have about two years’ worth of blog entries stored in Ginger’s MySQL database, which I already deleted online. Goodbye. :,(
  • Writings – I’m trying to recall which of the things that I wrote for the past year that were saved online through gMail or whatnot…thankfully, I think I have a full copy of A Page is Turned in my gMail, but I’m not so sure about Fall Like Rain. I might have to start that from scratch (hay), but then I do want to make some changes there, so I guess this is where I should start.
  • Chats – Oh well, not such a big loss. I guess.
  • Resume – in gMail, retrievable.
  • Audiobooks – Oh well. :( Retrievable somewhere, I guess.

That’s all I could think of for now. Jomar put it nicely: refreshingly shocking. Yeah, it is. And a bit freeing too. I don’t know what else I lost, but I bet it will hit me in a few days but I’m ready. So I guess that’s okay.

Right now I don’t want to tinker with it yet because I want to install Service Pack 2 first before connecting online and installing anything else, so I guess Ginger will be quiet until Monday night, when I get home and do the recovery thingie.

Sooo. Back to Harry Potter 7, I guess. I’ll survive.

And yes, I will buy that external HDD. As soon as I get paid. Any suggestions what to get? How much is an external laptop HDD? The 80GB one? Or even 160GB? Is it more than 5k? Or should I just get a normal HDD instead?

No mourning for me, promise. But please do help me let go. Time to start over.

Upcoming Events, July to September

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows release. Just seven more days as of this posting! Wohoo! This is the first time I reserved a Harry Potter book, as I mentioned 160 days before this post (Wow it’s been that long since I posted that). I reserved my copy at NBS Bestsellers in Galleria (that new, Powerbooks-like National Bookstore subsidiary, top floor of Galleria), and I will pick that up together with my Laking National card and a paperback copy of The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde (I’m sure there’s a copy there).

I feel kind of sad that the entire series is ending by Saturday next week, but that’s the way it is. It’s the same way I felt when I read the last Animorphs book — everything must come to an end. So does this. I bet I’ll shed some tears with this. I may not be a complete Potterhead like the others, but I love this series, and finishing it off feels like saying goodbye to a friend. Sigh.

Oh yeah, I haven’t watched the movie yet. Oops!

Don Moen in ManilaDon Moen in Manila. I was looking at House of Praise when I saw the poster of Don Moen’s Manila tour. Yes, he’s coming here (again, I think). To those who don’t know who Don Moen is, he’s one of the pillars of worship music, with popular songs Give Thanks, God Will Make a Way and God is Good under his belt. His show dates are:

  • July 27, 2007 – The Pacific Grand Ballroom at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, 8:00pm
  • July 28, 2007 – Araneta Coliseum, 4:00pm and 8:00pm
  • July 29, 2007 – Freedom Ring Ampitheater at Clark Expo, Pampanga, 5:00pm
  • July 31, 2007 – The Summit Center, Zamboanga City, 7:00pm

Tickets for this event are available at all SM Ticketnet outlets (911-5555). For more information, call Maximedia at 551-7777.

Switchfoot

Switchfoot in Manila! After so many delays, Switchfoot is finally coming to Manila! If you’re a Switchfoot fan, you must not miss this! If you’re not, well, you shouldn’t miss this either since it’s a once in a lifetime event! They’ll be here on September 10, 2007, 7:30pm at the Cuneta Astrodome. Ticket prices are Php 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400 and 250. More info on this in the coming days, but again I say, don’t miss this event! This concert is for the benefit of International Justice Mission. Oh, and one of their band members, Jerome Fontamillas is a Filipino, so this is a definite event to watch. :) I’m selling tickets, so if you’re interested, post a comment here, or email me with the subject, Switchfoot. You may also visit the Switchfoot in Manila blog -> switchfootmanila.blogspot.com.

There are also other events to watch out for, especially in September: Fall Out Boy and Elliott Yamin, I hear? I’m not a fan, but some of you might be, so go clicky. :)