Saturday, June 30, 2007

Mecha Reviews

"Transfomers" is really, really, really,... oh did i mentioned really like three times already? really, really, really (gasps for air) GREAT! Like every frame was memorable and to point it all out would be an endless task. I felt like I was transformed into a kid again. It's so nostalgic seeing something in a new point of view.

And coincidences and coincidences again before we watched the movie, Poy and I (it's more like him and me catching up) are currently watching "Battelstar Galactica". The cylons or evolved robots are eliminating humans. And the last surviving human species are looking for the mythical 13th colony, Earth. Its reminiscent of midnight cap of "Enterprise", a spin off of "Star Trek" on cable. Yes we're so nerds...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

I always took my first name, Maria, for granted along with the rest of the girls unwittingly named by Filipino parents. It's like an appendix. It doesn't serve any purpose but when it exploded after some bouts of dancing I had to undergo a surgery in my fourth grade.

As insignificant and boring my name is, I had problems changing my school records to spell out the name after realizing weeks before highschool graduation that my birth certificate bears the name "Maria" and not "Ma." I had to argue with a bank teller that our payroll mispelled my name on my paycheck. She claims Ma. Irezza is an different entity with Maria Irezza. Again, I had to insist that our security replace my identification card at work, again for the same reasons.

I remembered back in Grade II on the first day of classes my seatmate was having a hard time pronouncing my name so I saved her efforts by introducing myself as Maria. The name stucked for an entire year and I vowed to myself never, ever do that again. At one point I even kidded my friends that it's pronounced like the diva, Mariah, to no avail.

Every first day of classes I had to endure the mispronunciations of teachers to ee-re-sa and other whatnots. I had to correct them everytime that it's ay-ri-za. Nobody seems to get it the first time. I asked my father how did he came up with my name. He just wanted to come up with something unique. I find my name interesting really but I cringe eveytime they misspelled my name on bills, valid id you name it they've messed it!

After watching "Joseph, The Dreamer" play in highschool. I researched if my name might be based from the Bible and the closest variation is Ezra. I even rationalized that maybe I was named after my Aunt Marissa to which I share the same birthday. But all grown up and married with two kids she found that she also has a second name based on the patron saint of our birthdate. You know how folks base the name on the calendar. Thus she got the name Petronillia. I'm still lucky.

My official nickname is Iris but relatives and close friends call me Aye. Story is, as they told me, that I had a playmate who pronounced Iris as Aye. Some people calls me 'ah-yi', others 'ah-ye'. And it's not a derivation from my maiden name Magnaye! Now that I'm married I had now too many z's on my name.

The callcenter I'm working for made us choose an American name but I decided to just keep my name Iris. I noticed that I kept getting comments for "Maria" from customers. Turns out that my name included in our customer satisfaction surveys is Maria. And so to get good returns from customer I started using Maria until I have felt like it's really my name. I have owned my name for the first time in my life. I am not now indifferent or ashamed of it. I felt complete now without the baggage of an add-on name. "Hi my name is Maria I'm here to help!"

Sunday, June 17, 2007


I am currently inspired by Sofia Copploa's film "Marie Antoinette"- luv the modern soundtrack against the 17th century eye candy gowns, wallpapers and the delectable cakes. She was famous for her extravagnce and the mis-quotation "If they have no bread, then let them eat cake!" ("S'ils n'ont plus de pain, qu'ils mangent de la brioche ")

Probably in my past life I lived in Medieval or Renaissance Europe as a countess or .. a courtesan! I'd love to wear gowns everyday. My silly indulgence as well are reading historical romance paperbacks.

Just finished Lost season 3- The pacing improved and the twists keeps getting twisted. I'm in my toes for season 4. Spoiler alert: The motorola phone that Jack was using in the flashforward was the clue. !

Last Song Syndrome: Fergie's "Big Girl's Don't Cry" with Milo a.k.a Peter Petrelli of Heroes as her bad boy lover in the video. He went from hero to hottie! I was right about my theory that Fergie is copying Gwen, she acknowledged it on an interview that she admires Gwen. This music kinda remind me of Gwen's light music like "Cool" and "4am in the morning"