New Pix on my Multiply account

8 10 2008

Well, not really new photos… I am archiving the My Pictures folder in my laptop so I decided to upload them to Multiply before I move them out.

Here’s the first series: 


My Idol on the court..

22 10 2007

Ever wonder why I am so loud in the court? Here’s one of the reasons.


3 10 2007

Deadheading refers to crewmembers, including flight attendants and pilots, who are being repositioned as part of their assigned trip. That is, they’re flying as passengers while on duty.” – From USA Today

Now, what does this have to do with this blog entry? Absolutely Nothing!

As the category might have given away, this is not even about airlines but about basketball, particularly our company’s first ever basketball league. The plan came about a year ago after we competed in the commercial division of a summer league. The cut the story short, one of our officemates called a meeting a couple of weeks ago and then there we were last night, playing our very first game.

So, what does deadheading have to do with this? Again, absolutely nothing.

Well, ok fine, it is somewhat related because we decided to call our team, DeadHeads. Since our team’s “expertise” is on Airline Operations, we felt it was appropriate to use this Airline Operations term.

Come to think of it, it actually matches our team philosophy. Just as the crewmembers are open to being repositioned, our players are flexible in their role in the team. We have no legitimate superstar but we all knew that we all have to help in the little things in order for our team to win.

This attitude definitely made my life as coach easier. I had the luxury of playing around with the lineup. I would often have a different mix inside. I could use a lineup with two natural point guards, a line up without a legitimate center or even one with 4 guards and a power forward. I believe that this kept our opponents on their toes, never knowing what we would throw at them, and in the end it worked as we won our very first game.

Hope to see some of you there next time around.

Note: I will be posting the schedule of games here in case anyone is interested! 😉


One and a half month of silence…

28 09 2006

Yup, it’s been that long since my last post in this blog. It’s not that I had nothing new to post. In fact, it is the exact opposite. So many things have been happening at the same time that just when I am about to blog about it, something comes up to distract.

Well, things haven’t really mellowed down yet. There are still a lot of things going on but I am determined to keep this blog updated.

Before I go start blogging again though, here are some of the things that went on in the last couple of weeks/months (in no specific order):

  • Christian Life Program 2006: I was again asked to lead the Christian Life Program for our chapter which started last Sep 10, 2006.
    • Inviting YFC -> Me, inviting YFC leaders at a Kasangga assembly just minutes before our CLP started.
    • Note: During the post-session meeting, I realized that my shirt’s sleeves had holes. 😛
  • Navitaire Basketball: Our company had a fund-raising event for HMS (Hungry Minds School)
    • First there was the PD (Product Development department, where I belong) Rookies vs Veterans challenge. Of course, the Rookies team that I was coaching won 🙂 Yep, I was coaching and I was my usual self.. Very strict and competitive. Actually, I was even grumpier than my usual self (imagine that) because of my toothache. Everyone kept quiet when I got mad at them for not playing without any heart at all.
    • Rookies Team -> Rookies Team
    • Rookies and Vets -> Rookies and Vets with our Director
    • Then I played and coached for the PD team (combination of Rookies and Vets) that played against the BPO team. Thank goodness that my brother is no longer with BPO ‘coz he would syurely know how to counter my plays. The PD team then wenton to playin a corporate league in the Bel Air subdivision. Unfortunately, we only came in third. 😦 But it was definitely a good experience for the team…
    • Team Bel Air-> Navitaire Bel Air Team
  • Bragging time: Sorry, I just have to brag about some recognitions that I received.
    • Although we lost in the championship game of the SFC Summer Basketball League, I was voted as the MVP. Here’s a picture of my trophy:
      • SFC-MVP
    • We had a bowling tournament to celebrate the 6th year anniversary of our company last Aug. I won the Samson Award. 🙂
      • Samson
  • Blue Swoosh Toastsmasters Club: I joined the Toastmasters club in our company to help me improve my speakingand leadership skills. I delivered my first speech, entitled “Love Stories” last July 27 (see programme) and, after a couple of weeks, delivered my second speech project entitled “94 feet.” 🙂

I’m sure there are a lot more things that went on but I’ll just leave that for my future posts.

Coach Ryan

25 06 2006

I created this post a few weeks before we had our first lost in two years. I guess losing was not that far off from happening after all. The good thing about it though was that I was right. Losing certainly brought out their character as a team.

Again, Congratulations to Team Enema!

This is the second coaching stint for me. For two straight years, I have been asked by Team Enema to coach them. Last year, they were 11-0, sweeping all the games from eliminations to the semis up to the finals. This year, despite a change in lineup, they are well on their way to yet another sweep.Most people would think that this wonderful record is the reason why I stayed on as caoch. Truth be told, if I had a choice, I would want this team to lose a game. Why? Because that would be the best way to teach them what I wanted to teach them in the first place. You see, basketball is not simply a game to me, basketball thought me discipline and this is what I aspire to give to these kids.

Losing would have thought this team so much more than winning but since I cannot ask them to lose intentionally, I try to do the next best thing. I try to teach them while winning. Fouling hard is allowed, but cheap shots will not be tolerated. Complaining to the refs are ok, but getting T’s will keep you in the bench (starter or not) even in the final minutes. Trash talking is ok but, after the game, I expect everyone to share hands and be real sportsmen.

For me, one can have that killer instinct, going for a 103-48 blowout, without being arrogant about it. I’d love to lose a game just to teach these kinds to be gracious in defeat.. but since that is far from happening, I’ll just continue to teach them to be humble winners.

SFC Basketball [Update]

21 06 2006

Just to update everyone, we lost in the championship game last Sunday. It was a really frustrating game for us. Nobody (apart from Brian) had a good game. Our passes were easily read and intercepted by the opponent. Easy shots were missed. There were some missed calls by the referee but I have to admit that it did not really affect our game. Diana was right, we deserved that ass-whoopin’. We simply did not play our game…

Of course, it was not all that bad. I really thank our loyal fanatics who continued to cheer (although they sometimes got mad at us) despite our lousy game.

Also, congratulations to the 3-Point King, BJ, and Freethrow Queen, Diana!