Why I like Saturdays

King James says:

I’m not gonna use the word “love” but I do like Saturdays, for various reasons.

It’s the last day of my workweek. There are fewer people in the office and on the streets in the central business district.

I also look forward to playing basketball on Sunday and Monday, my days-off.

It’s Octopus… it’s EZ-Link… it’s Beep Card!

Okay, in terms of comfort, efficiency and everything else that’s good in mass public transport, Manila’s MRT is way, way behind the subway systems of Hong Kong and Singapore.

But hey, I think the Beep Card that I used today for the first time on the MRT was quite good. It reminded me of the Octopus Card in Hong Kong and EZ-Link in Singapore.

I don’t think the Beep Card can be used for other purposes right now, but maybe someday, just like Octopus and EZ-Link, it can be used to buy stuff and food.

More importantly though, I hope the Beep Card would be the first step to improving the services of the MRT. Let’s start with the aircon, please.

Ring out the old, ring in the new

I got rid of my two stored value cards today. Sigh, I would definitely miss those bonus rides.

But if that’s the price that I have to pay for an enhanced MRT, then that’s perfectly fine.

I do hope that any improvement takes place as soon as possible. Gawd, the MRT is just like an antagonist in a movie – you hate it, you wanna get rid of it, but you can’t! Worse, you can avoid it but you have to deal with it eventually!

What a beautiful Sunday morning

I wanted to play basketball this morning but the guys that I don’t like were already on the courts so I decided to just go home and do something else.

I took a leisurely walk while listening to a song that I played over and over again. Just one song. Somehow it had a calming effect – I felt so lucky to just be able to see the beauty of this Sunday morning.

Sunny weather. People walking their dogs. Leafy trees. All of them were amazing.

Magic Johnson ‘hanging out’ with Michael Jordan made me think about the ‘team’ in Dream Team

Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson were Dream Team teammates. But was teamwork absolutely necessary when it’s the Dream Team we’re talking about?

I mean, I think those guys can snob each other on the court, play as if they have no teammates, and still emerge as champions. They’re that talented individually.

What I’m trying to say is that, with or without teamwork, the Dream Team would still have captured the gold medal in men’s basketball in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

What about their opponents? Well, you really don’t stand a chance if your team is up against the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Karl Malone, do you? Even 1,000% teamwork wouldn’t be enough when you’re facing these guys.

Reminder to self: Don’t lose sight of who you are

Lately I feel that I’ve been basing my actions on what other people think of me.

So I’m writing this post to remind myself that, you know what, Leo, you are not that kind of person! This is you: People may think you’re devil incarnate, but you won’t give a shit. You may or may not be devil incarnate, but that’s not the point. You don’t care what people think of you because, well, they don’t feed you. And it’s not as if they’ll get worried if you get sick or something.


I’d like to give a concrete example, one that’s quite easy to understand. Just yesterday I was practicing basketball, and I noticed that some people were laughing. I’m not paranoid, they were laughing at me, because they were looking at me, and I was the only guy on that part of the court practicing.

To make the long story short, I left because I felt ashamed.

But you shouldn’t have left that court because of them! So what if you’re not good? Are they? They’re not NBA players, so they’re not good either. They probably can imitate the moves of pro players, who have made basketball an art form, but being able to move like Stephen Curry doesn’t mean they’re Stephen Curry.

This particular case, this is how you would’ve reacted if you had been true to yourself: You can laugh all you want bitches. Most likely you have no one in your life who makes you laugh, so I’m happy to do this favor for you, you good-for-nothing wannabes.

They judge you, you judge them. Tit-for-tat. That’s YOUDon’t lose sight of who you really are.

Who knows what you can actually do?

Tape measureProbably not even you.

This morning I was able to jump over a 3 1/2-foot-tall obstacle. I never thought I could do that.

Which made me wonder: what else can I possibly do that I haven’t done yet? I know jumping over something isn’t gonna feed the hungry or cure the sick, but the point is, people shouldn’t put a limit on what they can do.

You’ll never know until you try.