[11] Have some fishball, squidball and other kakaning kalye (Street food)

The weeks before I left, I ate all the street food I could find to my heart’s delight.  I stopped by the street vendors who took their place somewhere in the long stretch of Ayala Avenue to sell kakanin early in the morning.  I had my eyes peeled for the buko vendors.. I ate manggang hilaw and requested it to death that my Mom started suspecting I might be pregnant.  (Yeah, right.. )  Time to pig out again when I go home.. in 3 weeks.. yikes!!!

Feedback from a Blog hopper

I try to bloghop when I have the time but I don’t often have that luxury these days.  So if you noticed, my blogroll hasn’t particularly grown the last few weeks, and I am happy keeping it that way because I can’t even keep up with that limited list.

It is, however, rather delightful to see a comment from someone who strays into my blog.  Here’s one from Leo who wrote:

hi pinay, nice posts! i’m bloghopping and just checking your blogsite. Keep the blogs rolling!

Leo, I’m trying..I’m trying.  Blogging, for the most part, has been very therapeutic for me.  Writing has always been a good release and I find that it keeps the brain cells active, more so these days when the last book I tried reading is gathering dust by my bedside at home.  (I have to finish the book before I leave for Manila!)

I like what you write about, though.. don’t we all dream of hitting it big and becoming successful putting up our own business?  For the entrepreneurs out there, go pay Leo’s blog a visit and you’ll get some good ideas.  Thanks for visiting, Leo.

Top 10 of the Philippine Bar Exams

 THE top 10 in the 2005 bar examinations are:

1. Joan De Venecia (University of the Philippines) — 87.2
2. Jomini C. Nazareno (Ateneo de Manila University) — 86.4
3. Sheryl May B.Tanquilut (Ateneo de Manila University) — 85.9
4. Nyerson Dexter Tito Q. Tualla (Manuel L. Quezon University) — 85.4
5. Tamsin Rae N. Lucila (University of the Philippines) — 85.3
6. Gladys V. Gervacio (University of Perpetual Help-Rizal) –85.3</<BR>7. Claudine B. Orocio-Isorena (University of the Philippines) — 85.2
8. Pedro Jose F. Bernardo (Ateneo de Manila University) — 85.5
9. Dexter B. Calizar (Philippine Law School) — 84.7
10. Johnson A.H. Ong (Far Eastern University) — 84.6

*The Ateneans get special mention.. although my pre-law was with UP

So the results were finally released by the Supreme Court yesterday (or today since it is still Friday in Manila as I write this.)  I suppose that the 20% who passed are celebrating and euphoric over hurdling this task, and the 80% are all drowning their sorrows with a vow to try again.  (Unless, that is, they’ve already struck out 5 times in which case that is FIN for them.)

I remember how, in 1995, I refused to go to the Supreme Court grounds and wait it out with everyone else.  I sat at home waiting by the phone for a friend who was already a lawyer working in one of the Court of Appeals offices call to tell me I had passed.  It was a big relief to hear I had hurdled it, knowing how ill-prepared I was to take the Bar Exams in September of 1994.  I had taken a big gamble and the gamble paid off.  I knew for a fact that half my answers were wrong, but I guess the examiners found merit in my English and understood my arguments and gave me credit. 

It is heartening to see some lessesr known schools in the top 10.  They deserve it because everyone knows that a top 10 passer and high passing average means higher enrollment for the coming year.  Little do people know, though, that most — but not all – of the bar placers not in the top 3 (Ateneo, UP and San Beda) are actually kick outs of the top 3 schools who failed to make the Quality Percentile Index (QPI) requirement.  It is no joke trying to maintain one’s standing in any of these schools, but it’s the same rigorous training that allows you to think sharper and hones your mental faculties in preparation for the Bar. 

We have to give credit, though, to those brilliant minds who did not have the means or the opportunity to go to any of the top 3 schools who find their moment in time when they finally take the Bar Exam.

I know of some schools who actually give monetary rewards to Bar placers, as if forever being touted a Bar topnotcher were not enough honor for the examinee.  I remember when I took the Bar, I didn’t even hope to make it to the top 10, but I had a studio photo taken anyway because my bestfriend Jonathan, himself a lawyer by the time I took the Bar, told me libre namang mangarap.  (It doesn’t cost a cent to dream..)  I would so hate to see myself in a mugshot on the front page of a national paper just in case by some twist of fate, I landed in the top 10.  LOL

To those who passed, I am sure it was well-deserved.  To those who didn’t, there’s always next year if the dream is truly in your heart.