Tuesday, March 12, 2013

UNO Addicts

Ever heard of UNO card game? The first time I heard of this game was on Cartoon Network, during its segment "Toy News". That was a long time ago. Just recently, a friend of mine from the publication introduced the UNO card game. I was intrigued on how it's played, and though I am not really into card games (because of that initial feeling that I would lose anyway), I tried learning it. And guess what? I had a great time learning it. And now, it is the number one addiction inside the office. When we are somehow tired of reading or editing, when we are a bit bored of the humdrum of college student life, when we are depressed, when we are waiting for our next class, we grab the UNO cards from the locker of one of our great cartoonist and start the game. 

Here's how it is played. 
(I actually Googled the mechanics because I find it hard to relate it in my own words.)
[source here]

1. Use a deck of UNO cards. The standard UNO deck has 108 cards consisting of: four colored "suits" (Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow), Action cards (Draw 2, Reverse, and Skip), Wild cards, and Wild Draw Four cards.

2. Choose a dealer by having each player pick one card. The person with the highest number is the dealer. In this instance, Action cards (including Wild and Wild Draw Fourcards) have a value of zero.

3. Deal each player seven cards and place the remaining cards face down in the middle of the table. This pile of cards in the middle is known as the draw pile.

4. Turn over the top card of the draw pile and place this card next to the draw pile to form the discard pile.

5. Take turns beginning with the player to the dealer's left and go clockwise around the table.

6. Place one of your cards on the discard pile when it's your turn. Your card must have the same number, color or wording as the top card of the discard pile... unless you have a Wild card, in which case you can choose which color cards will be played.

7. Draw a card if you cannot discard. Play the drawn card if you can. If you can't, it's the next person's turn.

8. Announce a suit when you place a wild card on the discard pile. You can play a Wild card any time it's your turn and can name any suit you wish.

9. Announce a suit when you place a Wild Draw Four card on the discard pile.

10. Follow the directions of an Action card that is played on the discard pile by the player preceding you. This may mean that you have to draw two cards, skip a turn or even draw four cards. 

11. Remember to Say "UNO" when you have one card left in your hand. If you forget to say UNO and another player catches you, you must draw two cards.

12. Tally each player's scores at the end of each game. The game is over when one player is completely out of cards. That person gets all the points.

13. Here's how to score in UNO:

  • Add the total of all the cards left in each player's hand.
  • Count number cards (0-9) as their numeric value.
  • Count Draw Two, Skip, and Reverse cards as 20 points.
  • Count Wild and Wild Draw Four cards as 50 points.
  • Award all points to the winner of each round.

14. Repeat the game until one player scores 500 points.

So there goes the UNO card game. If you still have a hard time understanding it, we can play it some time. That way, I can personally teach you how it's done. ^_^

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chacharap Ang Buhay N'yo

Para chumarap at chumaya ang buhay ninyo, mag-chacha!

I shall hold my "catching up" for a while. For the meantime, I shall talk about one of my favorites. Without any further ado, I introduce Ryzza Mae Dizon, or more commonly known as "Cha-cha" of GMA 7. 

I am not an avid fan of GMA before, really, but because of this little girl who stars in "Hakot All You Can," a segment of Eat Bulaga, I do not forget to change the channel to GMA every noon and watch her do the Cha-cha thing, with cute facial expressions. 

She was a contestant in Little Miss Philippines on 2012 and lost. She then regained a spot after winning the wildcard edition. After that, she was blessed and favored, and much later was declared Little Miss Philippines. Ryzza had her big break in Eat Bulaga and also became a cast of the movie "Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote, at Si Ako" where her role is a dwarf.

This little Ryzza makes me laugh. And every day, I wait for that time when she comes out and entertains the audience with her "mukhasim" smile, her bangs, her chubby face and tummy, her ponytails and her missing tooth. After a player does the "hakot", she starts to get her plastic piggy bank and squats on the floor to pick as many coins as she can for her alkansya. Then, every Saturday, she gives it to a deserving person from the audience. How tweet! ^_^

Other networks try to outdo this amazing child talent, but it is quite ineffective, to say it bluntly. GMA 7 really knows how to find real talent. 

Ryzza winning the Little Miss Philippines 2012 title.

hihi. Orange lang. ^_^

ang babaeng Super Mario. :)) 

ssshhh. 'wag kayong maingay! nag-coconstrate ako. (nyay)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Catching Up

Since when was the last time that I did write something for this blog? I had a check on my posts and the last one I did was last October 11, 2012. Yeah. There goes the answer to my question. It would not be nice to keep on justifying myself for not being in the blogosphere for quite a while so I think I will just share what I have missed to share to you for those skipped days. But before I actually do that, let me give you the teaser first. I think I will have the complete minutiae on a later post. 

Just last Sunday, March 3, our college, the College of Education, had its first ever Juniors-Seniors Promenade. It was held at Tierra Alta, a wonderful spot overlooking the city of Dumaguete City. It was situated in one of the hills of Valencia, a town next to the capital city of Negros Oriental. I got to deliver the nine-paged class history, which, for sure, bore the audience big time. (haha) Enjoy the rest of the photos. (By the way, you can click on the photos to have a larger view. thank you :))

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