Ceskypooh’s World has moved

I’ve finally done what I first thought was impossible … I’ve moved Ceskypooh’s World to a new location. Kinda like moving to a new home, eh?

Go check it out! To my dear readers, thank you for all the support. 🙂


Cartoons: Therapy for the not-so-young

Make Way For Noddy

I was surfing the Internet for my favorite blogs yesterday when I came across Happy Nest, a blog handled by Ms. Toni Platon-Tiu for Inquirer.net. In her latest entry, Ms. Toni said she and her husband tune in to at least one of the three good kiddie channels on cable television—Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and The Disney Channel. Her reason: It’s good therapy for starting an otherwise dreary day.

I put my parents (well, at the moment, only Mama Joyce) through the same thing by tuning in to The Disney Playhouse immediately after waking up. And I make sure the television is tuned in to the same channel almost 24 hours a day. Haha! I swear, mom sometimes throws a fit because she can’t watch her favorite shows like CSI and House.

Fortunately for my tiny frame (which includes my tiny tush), the shows on The Disney Playhouse are infectiously entertaining, even for grownups. Heck, my Dada Joel can’t stop humming the theme from Make Way For Noddy. Whenever he’s here in Leyte, Dada’s as bright and light as a sprite.

I agree with Ms. Toni. Tune in to a cartoon channel early in the morning and let it help you breeze through a day of grinding.

Dengue or UTI? Which is it? I want to know now!

Talk about tantrums. I’m sick. Not in the head, but really sick—the kind that drags your body asunder. It’s my lungs again. They’re pretty weak. Must’ve come from Dada Joel’s side of the family. As far as I know, DaddyLo Jess had asthma when he was a child. Dada, on the other hand, suffered from the same malady from grade school to high school. He still has bouts every now and then, especially after a terrible cold.

That’s what happened to me. It started with a cold. Durned virus. And just like my father before me, my cold graduated into a cough … a dry and unfruitful cough. Mama Joyce is in a quandary. About an hour after she sent a text message to my pediatrician, Tita Doc replied and urged Mama to put me through a complete blood count and urinalysis—whatever these are (thanks for the spelling corrections WordPress, Microsoft Word and Dada Joel). Seriously, though, I feel fine aside from the sudden fits of coughing and the recurring fever.

Mama tells me that’s what the CBC is for. Doc suspects I may have contracted dengue fever, since I feel normal during most times of the day but feverish when nappy and sleeping time comes around the corner. I don’t know what the weewee exam is for. UTI? What’s that? Something to do with my, well, weewee or tinkle or whatever you grownups call it nowadays.

Well, looks like I’m going to be out of commission these coming days. In a few minutes, Mama will whisk me to the hospital for testing and—gasp!—confinement. I certainly hope not. I hate being tied down to a hospital bed when there are so many things to do … so many places to explore.

Dada’s probably going nuts right now and praying his heart out. Hope the Big G hears him. I hate getting sick, and I’m sure Dada hates worrying his guts out while he’s a thousand kilometers away.

Welcome to Ceskypooh’s World

I know. I know. I’ve promised time and again that I’ll update the blog regularly. But a lot of distractions are coming my way that I just don’t have that much time. I do, however, visit my blog every day to check for malicious comments and other problems.

Dada Joel isn’t doing well updating his personal sites, either. He’s just too busy with the blogs at Hinge Inquirer Publications that he has little time to check on other things (hopefully excluding us, Mama and me).

Well, enough of the ranting. I’d like to welcome you to the new Ceskypooh’s World. Why change the theme when the old theme was working well? White. Yes, white. I miss having a white background. There’s so many things you can do with a white background that you just can’t with others, like the Andreas’ gray.

Before I sat down to actually activating a new theme, I was considering switching to Contempt or Ocean Mist, both of which would have done nicely. But when I logged in this morning, I found this nifty new theme by Small Potato of wpdesigner. Cool! A theme designed by my dad’s favorite (he’s using the potato’s themes on some self-hosted blogs).

This theme, simply called Digg 3-column, features two widget-ready sidebars, a customizable header image (which I haven’t really fixed yet), and “nifty green tabs” at the top of the pages. What more can a young blogger ask for? Haha.

So, without further ado, I bring you the new Ceskypooh’s World. Again, I promise to update more regularly. Hopefully, my loyal readers will continue to visit and encourage other readers and bloggers to drop by, too, even once in a while.

Egad! My dad’s 92 percent addicted to blogging

Yep, you read that right. Dada Joel is 92 percent addicted to blogging. I learned this after answering several questions for dad on a site called Mingle2.

Actually, we didn’t really need that site to tell us what we already know. Just the act of getting me, his daughter, Joyce, my mother and his wife, and other family members like MommyLo, my paternal grandmother, in on the phenomena is proof enough.

Soon, very soon, our family will dethrone the Racomas, the Philippines’ royal family of bloggers. Gosh, I really hope not. Hehe. Peace, Tita Dine. 🙂

Movies: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I’ve just finished watching the making of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on HBO, and all I can say is, “Jolly good show!” Compared to previous Harry Potter films, this one takes the cake. Well, considering they had more than five years of practice … hehe.

The only thing that sucks is that I probably won’t be able to watch it. Mama Joyce and I are still in Leyte and Dada Joel is in Manila. We hate watching movies solo. We’d rather be together, especially for films as monumental as Harry Potter. We already missed the Transformers. 😦

In the meantime, I’ll content myself with watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’s equally awesome trailer. Let’s take a peek, shall we?

MMORPG: Farewell, R.O.S.E. Online

Jadzia Dax in Rose Online

It’s really sad that Rush on Seven Episodes, more popularly known as R.O.S.E. Online, is shutting its doors in August. The game will forever hold a special place in my heart and those of my parents, Dada Joel and Mama Joyce.

Back when our family was still living in Cebu, R.O.S.E. Online had been my parents’ game of choice. The game was clearly the alternative to those disillusioned, one way or another, with Ragnarok Online, the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game brought in by Level Up! Games that became an overnight success … the second being R.O.S.E.

The game had potential—great, if kiddy, graphics, smooth gameplay, intuitive controls, interesting storyline, and crazy players. It’s unfortunate Triggersoft, the creative team assigned by Gravity of South Korea to develop the game, failed in its mission to bring the game to fruition.

Dada Joel tried to revive interest in the game by writing about it in GAME! Magazine, the Philippines’ best online gaming magazine. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

So here’s to R.O.S.E. Online, a great game that held much promise. Hopefully, the developers will revive the game someday and let it retake it once-lofty position in the hearts and minds of Filipino players.