Short Stories

  • The other day, I bumped into my officemate whom I haven’t seen in a while. We were both waiting for the elevator to open. There was only silence until the door finally opened. Before she rode the elevator, she told me these words: “Parang tumataba ka yata ah.” What an insult. So the entire time, inisip mo nga kung tumaba ako? Le sigh.
  • My co-worker’s iPod 6th Gen stopped working the same day Steve Jobs died, after four years of being my co-worker’s music player since her college days. We thought it was a coincidence that can elicit “awws.” My Nokia C6 flashed the white screen of death the following day. I thought it was not cute at all. My phone is delusional.
  • I have been reading lots of mobile phone reviews and all I get are “antiquated” and “dated” for Symbian and it makes me think of switching to Android.
  • If I had my own operating system, I would codename releases after my favorite food. Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich, move over. These are delish!
  • Version 1: “Milk Tea”
  • Version 2: “Salmon Sashimi”
  • Version 3: “Chicken Skin”
  • Version 4: “Potato Chips”

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In A Gaming Frenzy

Everybody’s getting their own iPads and I am not joining the bandwagon. For one, it’s too expensive. I also already own a pretty PSP, a platform where all my favorite games are. Of course, the favorite list gets updated in a while, but that still does not justify the need to buy an iPod Touch that got hit by the red mushroom.

My friends at work have iPads, and thanks to them, I get to test drive some of the most popular apps available for the touchscreen wonder.

Angry Birds
The first time I attempted to play this game was months ago, when one of my co-workers have gotten for herself then a recent released iPad. I didn’t get why the birds looked so grumpy, nor the fact that the pigs are green and have violet eyes for black eyes. The interest for it once resurfaced when my friends and I visited Power Mac Center a month ago. While my friend was looking for the perfect earphones, I trooped to the area where the test units are and played for a while. After playing a bit of Angry Birds and Slice It!, I reminded myself I already have a gaming system for my entertainment—I really enjoyed those two. I forgot all about the apps but was reminded of it again when one of my friends bought a Nokia phone which has the latest Symbian release, Symbian^3. Touchscreen phones equipped with that OS can run apps such as Angry Birds. So there, thanks friend for making me want to play again.

Angry Birds screenshot

I remember this level oh so vividly—I had to try and try to pass this one!

Fortunately, I came across a PC version of Angry Birds, and I confess, I’m hooked! It’s understandably tougher to estimate the distance and propel the birds to beat ‘em pigs, but the puzzles and features with the touchscreen version are all the same. I say this is one well-crafted game: difficulty varies at some point, but the learning curve for the physics involved with it is just right. You know some games that are just impossible to finish? This one makes you wanna solve, not abandon. And I think it’s one of those points that make a game a winner.

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