The Lighter Side

November 14, 2010

I am growing weary of the bad, disappointing and depressing news.  Here are some more uplifting takes...

Pacman Wins!

AP photo
Filipino Congressman and boxer Manny Pacquiao won his 8th world boxing title in Dallas, Texas last evening. He defeated Mexican boxer Antonio Tijuana Tornado" Margarito in twelve rounds with an unanimous decision that earned him the super welterweight championship.

I am not of fan of this sport, but Manny Pacquiao is a hero and role model to many Filipino youth including a couple of my male students who have been waiting for this match for weeks.  He serves as an inspiration for Filipino youth and brings recognition to his country. Filipinos from all walks of life stopped to watch the fight, including Philippine President Benigno Aquino who watched the fight from his hotel room while at the APEC forum in Japan.

Award-winning actor Steve McQueen tweeted:
“Just wanna congratulate all the Filipinos around the globe. Pacquiao is really the best,” he said.
ABS-CBN reported:
In Manila, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma told radio dzBB that Pacquiao showed speed and intelligence to win over his Mexican foe.

The latter’s size never became an advantage. He supposedly weighed 165 pounds, compared to Pacquiao’s 148 pounds.

Coloma said such characteristics are “natural talents” of Filipinos.

These natural talents can be maximized to excel in any field, he added.

“Nagpapahiwatig lang po na sa larangan ng global economy maari po nating gamitin ang natural talents ng mga Filipino, maaari po tayong maging competitive sa anumang paghamon,” he said. (We can use the natural talents of Filipinos in the global economy. We can be competitive in any challenge.)
Theme Park Thanksgiving Break

Snow White at Epcot
One of the perks of living in Orlando is the theme parks.  Boboy works at Disney, and Nani got a job selling butter beer at The Three Broomsticks at Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Every year Boboy urges me to use all of the free passes, which is not easy to do because he gets so many.   This year I have made a real dent. I treated my hairdresser and her family, some students, my children, grandchildren, and friends to 4-park passes.

Nani and I went to Epcot and Animal Kingdom a couple times this summer just to get exercise walking around looking at the gardens and we'll be going to Animal Kingdom and Magic kingdom later today for a short time. When you have free passes you don't feel guilty when it gets hot and you leave after a few hours, but you don't take full advantage of the passes that get you into all four Disney parks for a day and night. Finally, the weather is cooler and we are looking forward to visiting all of the theme parks with our children and grandchildren over Thanksgiving break.

And, in just five days, the first part of the two-part final Harry Potter movie opens in the U.S. and Orlando is the place to be for this event.  Universal, which features The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, will be showing the movie on all 20 of their screens at City Walk on the opening night and following day. Before the midnight premiere “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” can be viewed.

I started reading Harry Potter books when they first one came out.  At the time I was teaching at-risk students and thought it would be an exciting book to get my remedial students to improve their reading. It was, and like my students, I got hooked on the series too.  So over the break we'll be doing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the movie too.  See, I am not a workaholic!


The Saipan Blogger said...

I am going to be on an airplane when the movie comes out. Doh!

Anonymous said...

Hey, you are still a workaholic, but now you're one who takes a little break... enjoy!