Pic(ks) of the Week: Messiahs, War Rooms, and Starbucks Europe

Favorite Messiah(s)

I’m no geek but I’m a sucker for superhero movies.  My favorite larger-than-life boys are:

(a) Peter Parker

Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker

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(b) Tony Stark

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

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(c) The young Charles Xavier

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier

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and as of last week,

(d) Clark Kent

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent

Let’s face it.  Superman is hotter with a beard.

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Graphic novels are not my thing so it’s really just the actors that draw me to these characters.  Take Spider-Man, for example.  Andrew Garfield does not appeal to me as much as Tobey Maguire.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Andrew Garfield.  But I think his talent is suited, pun intended, for drama (read: Never Let Me Go) not action.

Brandon Routh on Superman Returns bored me to death I almost walked out of the movie theater had I not been with a friend that time.  But with Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, my ass stayed put.  😀

Favorite Place


I’m familiar with the concept of war rooms though, until recently, I’ve never actually had command of one.  Last month, I lead a two-week systems training for our Users.  It was only too convenient to take ownership of the venue right after because two new projects are coming in and another is ongoing.

While this place gives me “cabin fever”, I won’t deny that my happiest for the past few weeks have been spent here.  In spite of the breakouts it did on my skin (uh, it’s really filthy inside, LOL), I consider this my home now (albeit temporarily) where I see our “family” and possibly, even our careers, growing.

Favorite Souvenir


Left: from M & C

Right: From T, M, & H

My staff reported back to work Monday from a well-deserved trip to Boracay.  I requested him to grab me a tumbler since I have no plans of going there anyway.  Soon.  Or ever.  😀

The Naga memento, on the other hand, was given to me by a friend from college.  I was in Luang Prabang when I received a message from her asking me if I wanted a tumbler from one of the provinces in the Philippines.  She handed it to me on her wedding day without requiring any payment.  I have yet to treat her to dinner.  And more importantly, dessert.  🙂


The “Europe edition” of my collection began when M and H gifted me Barcelona on my 28th bornday.  And until Starbucks opens its doors in Luang Prabang, this is tied with my Alaska as a personal favorite.  🙂

I was employed with a local bank (but no longer) on its heyday of automating processes.  Thus, we had multi-racial third party service providers: Egyptian, Indian, and Belgian.  T, from Belgium, has dealt with our company the longest so though we did not directly work with each other, we were acquainted through Christmas parties and summer barbecues at my place.  He told me that the only Starbucks in Belgium is located in the airport and he granted my wish for a Starbucks souvenir.  I know, I know.  I can be very manipulative persuasive when I want to be.  😀


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