Making Something Out Of Nothing

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Cool article about GSP v BJ Penn 2
I thought this was a cool article and was worth a re-post.

"Rematch" by Chris Rini

On January 31, 2009, rivals Georges St. Pierre and BJ Penn met for the second time, this time for GSP's welterweight belt. Their first fight, three years earlier, had ended in a split-decision victory for GSP and the beginning of a heated rivalry.

By this point, Penn's legacy had already been cemented. The first non-Brazilian to win the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, UFC title holder in two weight classes, and unbeaten at lightweight for seven years, Penn was one of the last remaining members of a bygone era. His fighting style was to finish, whether by submission, knockout, or TKO, and he gave no regard to weight class, competing at 155, 170, 185, and even 205 pounds.

St. Pierre, by comparison, was just entering the first year of his current title run. His fight with Penn showcased the next-generation athlete who would go on to dominate the welterweight division for half a decade and redefine the mainstream commercial viability of mixed martial artists. It would also mark the beginning of the end for Penn.

In the opening round, St. Pierre was unable to land a takedown, but his unrelenting attack impeded Penn's offense. Penn was able to showcase his speed and would dip in to land strikes, but midway through the second round, St. Pierre took Penn down. The image of him smothering Penn, while simultaneously landing hard shots, tells the story of this fight and of St. Pierre’s career ever since. For four rounds, GSP demoralized the challenger. The execution of this game plan caused Penn's corner to request a stoppage between the fourth and fifth rounds, handing Penn only the second TKO loss of his career.

I wanted to show the contrast in the fighters' experience that night through their physical composure. Here, Penn's famous grappling guard is in pure defensive mode. His striking has been neutralized, and his questionable cardio is being tested. He is a mass of angles and bent limbs. He was never able to dictate the fight's tempo and spent much of it grasping for some kind of control. St. Pierre's demeanor, by comparison, is nearly serene. His fists are devoid of detail -- they are bludgeons, wearing away at his opponent's will to go on. Gone was any memory of their first fight, gone was any chance of a trilogy. One year later, BJ Penn would lose his lightweight belt and his greatest accomplishments would be in the past. The era of GSP was beginning.
Written by: Chris Rini
Jan 24 2013

Source: http://fightland.vice.com/blog/defining-moment---bj-penn-and-george-st-pierre

I'm in a State of D

The answer is DEATH.

sadness in my eyes... charing
Never underestimate the power of a good mani-pedi session.

Random afternoon went to poxy town salon because I badly need a mani-pedi. Last sesh I had was prolly last year, around April, so deffo in dire need of a good scrubbing on my extremities because if I wasn't so desperate I wouldn't go to that poxy thing they call a salon.

The upside to the otherwise jejemon place (their main stylist is a flamboyant gay person who talks in gay lingo all the time and regales his lovelife for anyone to hear and the main receptionist would rather sit inside the salon than in her appropriate receptionist chair in the actual reception) is the elderly woman who is tasked to do mani-pedi's and foot spa. She seems to be the regular one of the bunch cos she's the most quiet even if at one point of the session, she berated the other stylist - a twink of a gay person as flamboyant as the main - in full gay lingo. (She didn't know I speak it until a little later which surprised and embarrassed her cos all the while her co workers were talking about me and they didn't know I understood 100% of what they were spewing about.) She was rather good and light on her hands. Didn't really feel any awkward pain that I usually do whenever I go for mani-pedi's so it's either she's really good or she only did 50% of what my usual manicurist would do which was fine cos tbh, it was really just for the interim until I can take the time to go to Pampanga and visit Nail-a-holics.

Another elderly woman walked in to get her nails done but she had to wait for me to be finished. If I hadn't engaged her in a very lively, very typical Beki-Kim conversation she probably would have walked out na lang and didn't get her mani-pedi done. She did admit if I weren't there, she'd have gone home because my session took a while.

Enumerating what I wanted to capture in this entry in a list na lang because my mind is going in many different directions and they're popping faster than bubbles:

a) The ice was broken methinks when we found out our last names were the same. Although it's her husband who's a DG, she lives in the town I always call "The town my grandfather built" therefore she knows him. Ayun na. May connect.
b) We exchanged stories about the brain fuck that is the province of Nueva Ecija, where the ones who don't dress well are the ones with money (farmers, land owners, typical magbubukid). I told her about this one time I saw a Lola with an outfit na nanlilimahid you would think she lives in a shanty but wait, there's more. Yung dumadaan pala na Land Cruiser na bago, sa kanya yun. She told about the story of how they were discriminated against at a hospital because they thought they were soliciting when in fact they were there for an almost P1,000,000.00 operation. They felt so slighted they paid in cash and didn't even use PHILHEALTH. (Mind you, this elderly woman dresses like a magbubukid so she was really into this topic.)
c) How my life is not sad, but it's my disposition in life living in Gapan, is sad. I don't know how we ended up here but I ended up sharing with her how I don't get to sleep at night (I only get to sleep thanks to zzzQuil) and how I feel so choked by living with parents.

When I was about done and we stopped talking to each other - meaning... di ako nagsasalita...- she suddenly said something that made me almost want to cry.

"Ay. Malungkot nga mga mata mo. Ayan. Nung hindi ka na nagsasalita, halata ngang malungkot ka. Di ka nagbibiro."

For a stranger to see how sad I am, it felt nice. It felt so nice I felt compelled to write about it. If she can see it, when I'm not talking, I wonder if the people who are around me every day can see it as well. Or they just pretend not to, or elderly woman was just giving me lip service.

It can't be helped. As long as I'm still living here, the answer to the question "How are you?" will always be "malungkot". That's one of the reasons why I don't want to make the effort to meet up with friends because it's inevitable I'll be asked that. "Kamusta ka?" "Heto, malungkot. Taga Gapan pa rin eh."

In 10 years siguro, I'll be happier. Baka patay na Tatay ko nuon. Ha ha ha ha... charing.

Finding happiness in this town is so difficult for me because.... hindi talaga dito happy tumira.

Jessica Mauboy - Never Be the Same
Love this song. This is my song for August 2014.

Just breathe.

Random photos of Rio while on tour with Queens Park Rangers for their pre-season.

He looks miserable.

On this day....

In other news, Patrice Evra has left Manchester United for Juventus FC. The whole deal wasn't even 2 Million.

I already let my feelings out on my Manchester United Tumblr account so I'm not going to repeat that on here cos that will just be a waste - but - just - sad really. Really sad. Fergie wouldn't have let Vida, Rio, Giggsy and Evra exit in one - 1 - ONE - uno - go.



I'm obsessing on Gerard Pique and Shakira right now though - lol - u2bing them and watching videos of their PDA's over and over. I guess I want my own tall prince.

Plus the fact that I've had sex with 2 spaniards my entire life - they're not that bad. HA HA HA HA HA HA... hashtag TMI.Never mind. Nobody reads this journal anyway.

Dream Team XI
Roy Keane names his Manchester United XI as follows:

Parker - Stam - Pallister - Irwin
Beckham - Keane - Ince - C. Ronaldo
Cantona - Van Nistelrooy

Giggs has a go with his dream team. Quite cute when he said "I'll put myself in there if you don't mind"... :) That's my man, Ryan. ^^

Schmeichel (although he did have a hard time between him and Edwin van der Sar)
G. Neville - Ferdinand - Vidic - Irwin (had a hard time between Irwin and Evra too)
Ronaldo - Keane - Scholes - Giggs
Cantona - Rooney

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a crack at his dream team:

van der Sar
G. Neville - Stam - Ferdinand - Irwin
Beckham - Keane - Scholes - Giggs
Cantona - Van Nistelrooy

Here's mine, the one that matters. ME! :p (I just felt like putting it out there. Realised I haven't done this in the past. The thing is, it hasn't changed since 2003. Which makes me worried, it only means the club hasn't found a star that could challenge this dream team.)

G. Neville - Ferdinand - Stam - Irwin
Beckham - Keane - Scholes - Giggs
Cantona - Solskjaer

Rio in QPR Photos
Home in Gapan where internet is decent. Here are photos of my beloved making his move to QPR and wearing his new club's strip.

I have a thing for lefties. RG is also a lefty.

He's always been a sharp dresser. Sigh. I love him.

Here he is with his training bra. LOL

He looks fantastic. He should have stayed with United. Grr. For the first time - I really hate United right now. Especially after reading Giggs would have preferred him to stay on. I guess I'm miffed that it wasn't SAF who made the decision. It should have been LvG who called his time at United and not someone else. I'm really upset. Sigh.

He posted this video via his #5 magazine's YouTube channel. I could only muster to watch it once but he looked real cute and there's a nice close up of him towards when the end when his medical was finished.

BTW, his move made it to Twitter's trending topics:

I had to get a screenshot. I don't know - I just wanted to remember.

He looked good in red.

Moyes made Vida move. I hate Moyes. This duo was the best.

That smile. Sigh. It breaks my heart.

Thank you, Rio. The Man United supporter in me says Thank You a million times. Your fan/wifey/fwog in me says: OMG BABY YOU DO GOOD IN YOUR NEW CLUB.

Looking at the bright side: he's still playing. But I suppose how I feel seeing him in a different club will be really known as soon as the league starts next month.

It's so weird seeing the team on tour in the US right now. No Giggs, no Vida, No Rio, no Evra. WOW.

Rio to QPR, LVG's press conference and McDonald's
He did it. Rio did it. He's now a Queen's Park Rangers player. :-s I really think he should have retired at the top. But my cries to him via the Universe channel didn't get to him. I really wish him the best. I hope he doesn't regret playing for QPR. I'm sure he'll have a good time. He's reunited with his old manager, Harry Redknapp - so that should be good. Hey - at least I can still get to see him play right? That's the upside.

I'll post pics of him in the QPR shirt soon. I'm at our house in Quezon City and the internet here is slow (Father got the one that 's bundled with the landline) compared to the internet in Gapan (the only upside of living in Gapan is the internet - that and the fact that I live near a Globe tower so my 3G signal at home is probably faster than the LTE signal Manileños experience).

After my activities I got home last night at around 11-ish in the evening. Really knackered because I could have been home earlier if it weren't for the bastard traffic that has been plaguing Manila for the last million years and you know that traffic becomes doubly plaguing if it rains and it rained quite hard again last night even though the typhoon Glenda that hammered the country a day before was said to have left the country's area of responsibility. I also got home feeling really hungry even if I had driven thru a McDonald's and got myself a Double Cheeseburger (Blue Ridge McDo had the best fries I have ever had! Or maybe I was just hungry???) and had a bite at Simoun's father's wake (I only knew about it yesterday - I got lost getting to the place, stupid Google maps) - I really need to start my diet soon or else I'll eat myself to death.

Speaking of McDonald's - can I just say - one of the things I really like about Manila is Drive Thru's??? I know it's shallow but when you live in a place as rural as Gapan, you take for granted things like that. I really reckon McDonald's Drive Thru should be implemented across the Philippines. It should be a given right to any license carrying Filipino that a McDonald's Drive Thru is available to his or her disposal at any given time.


I don't have MUTV so I followed LVG's press conference via Twitter (Bless Twitter really - I follow really good accounts that give great updates about the club plus a couple of other ones that reflect my jaded personality such as @UnitedRants). I'll post the transcript later when I get home to Nueva Ecija. I was excited before he even came down to OT after he was named as manager, I was excited when he landed in Manchester, I'm even more excited now after reading the transcript and what went down in the press conference. And not just me - reading the reactions of other folks got me EVEN more excited. The season hasn't started yet and I'm already excited. I just hope he delivers or else the fans of other clubs is going to give him the stick for his much talked "philosophy". (I"ll post that soon too - it's really interesting.)

I still want a photo of SAF and LVG together. I mean they have had photos together when LVG was managing Barcelona (or was it Bayern?) - but I want one when they're both AT the club.

Okay I really gotta go now. Have to make a decision whether to go or not go to Trinoma. Ha ha ha ha such is life...


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