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Had dinner with some friends last Wednesday. We were having a belated birthday celebration for the mayor of Davis who's Filipina. Tita Ruth, as the mayor's asked us to call her (though my Bisaya sensibilities cringe at using such a familiar term), was regaling us with stories from her trips back to the Philippines. One of them was on her meeting with Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim—a result of the matchmaking efforts of some people who, apparently, had nothing better to do with their time and came up with some silly event to get them together. In any case, this is how it went down:

Mayor Lim hands Mayor Ruth the key to Manila.

Mayor Lim: "I suppose I don't have to tell you what this key is for."
Mayor Ruth: (coyly) "Why, I thought this was the key to your room."
Mayor Lim: (somewhat surprised but laughing) "I've heard about you. They told me you were single."
Mayor Ruth: "And they told me, that you're a widower."
Mayor Lim: "Yes, I am." He eyes her speculatively then calls out to the band (yes, apparently, there really was some hokey band playing) 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco'
Mayor Ruth: "Wrong city, you know," then, "Shall we dance, anyway?"
And off they went.

Of course, I've embellished a little. But that's really, more or less, how it happened. A few weeks after that meeting (which happened a little over a year ago), Tita Ruth calls up her now good friend Mayor Lim and asks him to be the honorary speaker for an event she's organizing in the Philippines. He says yes. When she tries to follow-up and confirm his attendance a few weeks before the actual event, it turns out he's committed to two other events on the same day. Realizing that he's basically going to stand her up, Tita Ruth calls another good friend of hers, former President Ramos, and asks him instead to be the guest speaker. Happily, Ramos shows up and saves the day. So there you have it. A modern-fairy tale played out among political players. Guess happy endings are just as scarce in the political world as they are in real life.

Here's a picture taken of us last Wednesday during dinner:

Links I wanted to share:

Blog ni Inday: Ang sosyal na katulong – got this from Tippie.

How to join the Power Book Club – blog post from my friend, Tobbie who hosts the meetings. Mae, apil na!

Pretty Bitter: Stationary that pushes the envelope

Finally, this isn't a link but someone posted this on a message board once and it made me laugh: "Zac Efron is jealous of Edward Cullen. But Edward Cullen is jealous of Dean Winchester." My god, these tweens take their teenage idols seriously, don't they?

p.s. Macks, I checked out your friend RJ, and nalingaw raba ko niya. Unsa na imong nakit-an sa iyang work? Any faves?

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Fringe & alllooksame?

Since I posted a preview for Dollhouse, I thought it only fair to do the same for J.J. Abrams' new series that debuts this fall. They're keeping it top secret as usual, so I don't have much plot details for the show but from the preview, it looks like an X-Files meets Alias meets LOST type of show. Which doesn't sound bad. Not bad at all. Oh, and other things this show has going for it? Let's see, there that creepy black dude from The Wire & LOST (Lance Reddick), then there's the female lead who looks and sounds a lot like Cate Blanchett (Anna Torv), and oh yeah, Joshua Jackson née Pacey Witter or Charlie Conway, whichever you prefer. Think that's enough to get you tuning in?

Other trailer versions here. More preview clips here. And posters here.

UPDATE: A copy of the pilot episode was leaked at Mininova.org and so far, its gotten positive reviews. J.J. and co. are currently tweaking the first ep so if you watch this one (illegally) and watch the official one that'll air this fall, expect a few changes.

When you're done checking out all the Fringe stuff, check out this site which was mentioned on tvgasm. It tests a person's ability to distinguish between Korean, Japanese, and Chinese faces, food, art, architecture, etc. Needless to say, I failed miserably (I believe my score was 6 out of 18). Then my friend, Key, who's Korean, took it. And she got a 7! And THEN my other Korean friend, Min, took it and she got a 6. And yet another friend of mine, Zhen, who's Chinese, took the exam and she got an 8. So as it turns out, I'm not the only one who can't tell the difference. Haha! Anyway, the site needs a login name and password but it doesn't bother you with spam, so don't worry about it. If any one of you guys scores above a 10, let me know. Bilib na ko sa kinsa'y maka score ug 10 or higher.

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