Brain Twisters

Thanks to Alan’s blog post on Brain Twisters, Raquel and I tried the IQ Test Alan was pointing to on his post. I got stuck on some of the questions because I no longer remember the formula for determining the length of the hypotenuse of a triangle given the adjacent and opposite lengths for example.

Anyway, here is my result:

Congratulations, Gabriel!
Your IQ score is (SECRET)

This number is based on a scientific formula that compares how many questions you answered correctly on the Classic IQ Test relative to others.

Your Intellectual Type is Visionary Philosopher. This means you are highly intelligent and have a powerful mix of skills and insight that can be applied in a variety of different ways. Like Plato, your exceptional math and verbal skills make you very adept at explaining things to others — and at anticipating and predicting patterns. And that’s just some of what we know about you from your IQ results.

Visionary Philosopher, eh? I like the sound of that. Now only if that meant I’d get paid more.

And here is Raquel’s result:

Congratulations, Raquel!
Your IQ score is (SECRET)

This number is based on a scientific formula that compares how many questions you answered correctly on the Classic IQ Test relative to others.

Your Intellectual Type is Insightful Linguist. This means you are highly intelligent and have the natural fluency of a writer and the visual and spatial strengths of an artist. Those skills contribute to your creative and expressive mind. And that’s just some of what we know about you from your test results.

Advertisements
Published in: on April 10, 2005 at 11:48 pm  Comments (1)  

Filipino Mass

Misa ng Sambayanan PamphletEvery second Sunday of the month, there is a 2:30 pm mass done in Filipino at St Francis Church, Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Well, mostly in Filipino. Today, we gave the Filipino Mass a go and found that the mass was celebrated by Fr Ed Wood. As you can accertain from the name, he’s not Filipino. Anyway, although his parts were in English, I didn’t really mind as the rest of it was in Tagalog.

It was a refreshing change from going to St Mary’s for mass. There were more people there and there was an entire choir singing the church hymns courtesy of the Filipino Choir of Saint Francis. The songs sung and the appearance of the inside of the church itself reminded me a lot of my high school’s parish church St Andrew’s in Paranaque.

St Francis Church inside. Click image to zoom inThe only problem we encountered was the lack of cheap parking space in the heart of the city. Our only option was to go for the free one-hour parallel parking bays along the city streets. However, near the end of the mass during the advertisments segment, the lay minister informed us that if we had parked our cars in the nearby flat-$9 St Francis parking space, we could have our car park tickets stamped in the Catholic bookshop.

I didn’t know if this meant that the parking fee would be discounted or what so I went over to the bookshop to enquire. One of the shopkeepers told me in a humourless manner that we could park the car in the St Francis parking space for free for an hour and a half. Silly me, I kept thinking that he was telling me that it was free for only half-an-hour.

“But the mass is an hour long,” I said.

“That’s why it’s for an hour and a half,” he said in a I-can’t-believe-how-stupid-you-are tone.

“Ah sorry,” I said laughing but the guy remained dead serious.

It seemed like he wasn’t enjoying his job. The next person to talk to him was this lady asking to have her ticket stamped. She said thanks and he didn’t say anything. Sheesh. Anyway, next time we go to mass there, we now know we can park our car for free for an hour and a half near the church.

St Francis Church
St Francis Church
Click image to zoom in

We didn’t talk to anybody there after the mass though like Ka Uro suggested in his blog to new guys coming to New Zealand:

Attend a Filipino mass on Sunday. Tanungin mo ang host mo kung saan ang malapit. Even if you are not Catholic, tiempuhan mo kapag tapos na ang misa. After the mass maraming nagbebenta ng mga Filipino foods. It’s your chance para makipagkilala sa ibang Pinoy. Yung ibang Pinoy snub hindi ka papansinin. Yung iba naghihintay lang na ikaw ang unang bumati. Since ikaw ang may pangangailangan, ikaw na ang unang bumati. You never know baka may alam na job opening ang makilala mo.

There’s always the next time. The next Filipino mass will be on 8th of May, same time. We’ll try to talk to them next time over merienda they have after the mass (according to the ads segment). We would’ve gone with them if we had more time on our one-hour car park. Ah, well.

Published in: on April 10, 2005 at 7:09 pm  Comments (1)