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the Yumi fund

>> Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Oh look!

Fees include date with the Lee Mead, theater hopping and backstage passes to her hyperventilation and death. Ambulances with Lee Mead, John Barrowman, Liam Mower, Gwion (scrap that, they're too young) and Andrew Lloyd Webber as doctors and nurses are highly appreciated.

Thank you for your kind support and Yumi will remember you in her journey.

Primary sponsors:
Chikai Lukban for the promotions
Jihan Estrella for the blank check for Ethiopian currency


Billy Elliot

>> Monday, April 28, 2008

I've forgotten about my dream of watching musicals in Broadway. My heart has flown to West End, the home of London musicals and plays. With the start of my Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat addiction, I've been watching various clips of West End plays on YouTube. I've started a fund called "Send Yumi to Watch West End Plays" and is now accepting donations. Hahahaha

I'm giving Joseph and Oliver! a rest for now, because I'm now addicted to Billy Elliot. It was based from the 2000 movie, and Elton John was one of those behind it. He wrote the music for the songs.

Billy Elliot is about a boy who accidentally found his love in ballet. His father wanted him to become a boxer, which wasn't Billy's interest. The story also evolves in the miners' strike in the 1980s, where Billy's father is a miner and is struggling to live day by day from the strike pay.

Three Billys were picked for the West End production. James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower were the lucky ones to become part of the musical. James and George had dancing skills geared towards the streetdance type. Liam was the famous one, having been accepted in a prestigious ballet school. He has more ballet skills than the two other boys. Liam resigned from the role to go back to school. His voice was also changing, because of his puberty stage. I think James and George are still acting for the role of Billy.

See the dancing differences in this video with Elton John.

And now for a solo performance by Liam that showcases the whole instrumental part with his ballet skills. These boys are talented.

I'm in the process of downloading the 2000 movie. Maybe when I watch the movie, I can insert the songs of the musical to the plot of the movie.

So if you're rich enough to splurge money, send it to my fund. I'll gladly accept. One show costs 60 Euros. Kthanxbai.


Up on the roof

>> Sunday, April 27, 2008

I went up on the roof yesterday to catch the sunset. The trees were blocking my view if I took pictures from our (was once) tennis court. Armed with my camera and my tripod, I pushed open our sun roof and stepped onto the small cemented space on our roof. A little balcony, if you will call it. I would've sat on the roof, but I didn't have anyone to pull me to safety, just in case I slipped and fell to my death. Hahahaha So I stayed on the cemented area, where I had a rusty fence to keep me safe.

I stayed for two hours, just right to catch the sky change from blue to orange to purple. I wished our mango tree was still there, where mangoes would be just within reach. But they cut it down years ago to spare us from being crushed by a huge mango tree during storms. :P

Next time, I'll bring a banig and read a book there. The breeze is wonderful.


pie jesu

>> Thursday, April 24, 2008

It's not pronounced as pie as in apple pie. It's piyey. :))

The first version I've heard of this song was by Charlotte Church. There are two other versions, this time, it's by kids.

I am amazed.

1. Andrew Johnston from Britain's Got Talent. WHO DARE BULLY THIS GUY IS AN IDIOT.

2. The Olivers from I'd Do Anything. Chester is wonderful. Gwion's still my favorite. heeeeee! So cute.

Just hearing them hitting those high notes makes me want to cry. Why can't we have talents like that here in the Philippines?! All we have are belters, not voices singing their age.


ASEANS on the move

>> Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Imagine a kid's eyes twinkle as he reaches out to a new toy. Imagine the excitement when that toy is purchased and placed in a crisp new bag. Imagine his hands, wrapped around his brand new toy, as he sits in the car on the way home. His face beaming, smiling with pure joy, clutching a new toy.

Imagine that expression on my face.

I got a new book. I was brimming with happiness when the book was placed in a paper bag and handed to me. Whenever I buy a book that catches my eye, I always have this giddy smile plastered on my face. Just remind me to pay for the credit card bill when it arrives. Thank you to plastic money which delay the loss of money for about two months. Hahaha

This is the time where the young generation is stepping up into their game. The future is now.

It has been predicted that Asia will rise up and dominate the West. Three countries are in their improvement stage: India, Middle East and China. Did you know that India now owns BMW? India produces the best scientists. China consumes the most energy. I quote from a Discovery Channel documentary on China: "Soon China will need a new planet for the developments." The Middle East is making a new world. Dubai is constructing malls, buildings and new lands that will be the eye of the world. Gone is the American Dream. It's now on the East.

The book is about young Southeast Asians being excellent in their field. 40 men and women being recognized in what they do best. They're out to change and help the world in their own ways. This book tells their stories.

I was pretty surprised at the owner of Charles & Keith. I was expecting someone like Tommy Hilfiger, someone close to his age. And American.

Surprise, surprise, a Singaporean has taken the scene.

That's not the catch. The real reason that pushed me to buy this book is because of one Filipino who is part of this group. He was under the category "Creativity."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Yes, that is Christian Bautista. I was surprised to see his name (and his face) in that book. But then, I remembered that he's quite famous in other countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia. I have to admit, I have his first album (thanks to Mom for surprising me with it). I've seen him in a stage play, though I wasn't aware of it. (Let's watch West Side Story in October!) He's not the greatest singer on earth, but there's something about him that made me like him.

I haven't finished reading the book yet. I only read the introduction, written by Bam Aquino and took a few snapshots of the book. I'm still addicted to the smell of new books. The glossy pages emit a beautiful aroma. I keep on running my fingers across the cover.

I'm part of this budding generation. Now, what do I have to offer my generation and the next?


So, you want to be CSI?

>> Sunday, April 20, 2008

I'm a fan of CSI. Whenever I watch an episode, my mind plays along, making conclusions on who killed the victim. I jot down the evidence in my brain. I pick up terms like "abrasions to the neck" or "death by asphyxia." There will be times that I would want to be a forensic scientist and be on the Grissom's team. But of course, there's more to those cool gadgets and medical terms. Before you become a real CSI, you have to go through rigorous training and memorize a lot of terms. Being a CSI is a very big responsibility and there are no short cuts.

For fans like me, Rice University set up an online forensic game that allows the visitor to become a CSI rookie for a few hours (or minutes). They created a game called "CSI: The Experience." The characters are based from CSI Las Vegas and they will guide you through the different rooms in a CSI lab. They will teach you how to analyze evidence such as the autopsy, drug intake in the blood stream, DNA markers, and bullet analysis. I played the game and learned a few tricks done in the show.

My favorite was the DNA analysis because Greg Sanders is the "mentor." He's cute and you'll focus on him rather on the DNA. *laughs* Kidding. Even if Greg is my favorite character on CSI because of his witty one-liners, my favorite room was the autopsy room with Dr. Al Robbins, the coroner. It was the most interactive room, where I got to virtually do an autopsy. There were tools presented and I had to choose the right tools to open up the victim's body. They taught the proper way of slicing up the chest. A y-section (meaning the cut should form a Y), is done first. Then you cut up the ribs using a rib slicer before you can examine the body parts. Blood is extracted from the heart and sent to tox for analysis of drug use. If there's nothing to be seen in the body, you slice open the brain and crack the skull. It's the medical "chainsaw massacre." There is a specific saw to do a cross section of the skull before you can take out the brain. It's surgery without the blood on your hands.

Click on the pictures for full view. No, it's not gross. There's no blood squirting on the screen (*sigh of dismay* I so wanted the blood and gore. hahaha)


There are four training sites to go through. One is the Medical Examiner with Dr. Al, then the Forensic Biology with Greg Sanders (squeeee! I'm his lab rat. HAHAHAH), Firearms and Tool Marks with Cath Willows and Toxicology with Sara Sidle. Firearms and Tool Marks is my next favorite to Medical Examiner. You get to shoot flying targets while answering a quiz on Ballistics. I know how a gun works now and how to analyze it.

I still want to be like Grissom (except for the affair with Sara hahahaha). He's my favorite supervisor among all the other CSI teams (Horacio from Miami and Mac Taylor from NY). He's like the walking literary guy, quoting from Satre to Shakespeare. Horacio sometimes annoys me with his one-liners (and the famous shades). Mac Taylor will always be the Lieutenant from Forrest Gump. Grissom is the man! And I like his pad.

So, you want to be CSI? There are two options:
1. Play the online game.
2. Visit the exhibit and be a CSI for a day. USA is so far away, so I'm content with the online game.

It's a fun game, especially if you're waiting for new episodes of Season 8 to arrive. Waiting for April 24 is taking forever. I want my CSI episodes now. :P


New clothes for the Joshua

>> Saturday, April 19, 2008

I so want to buy new lens for my camera. I get frustrated when I can't get a shot of something so far away (my lens can only go as far as 55mm).

Ian showed me this and now I want one. 300mm!!! I won't ask for a macro lens na if I have this:

That costs around 28k. It might be cheaper if I buy it in Hidalgo. (According to online sites, it can go as low as 17k) That's the next to buy after I spend for the Josh Groban tickets. I hope to get hold of this by December. I also need to drag Dad to accompany me to Quiapo. Heee.

I also want to buy waterproof case. When I went to Taytay Falls, I was holding on to my camera like a bomb. DSLRs aren't waterproof and if it gets wet, that's 23k down the drain. So if I'm going to the beach or any place with water, I'm gonna need a waterproof case. I won't really care if it can only fit the 18-55mm lens, as long as I can bring it to the water. I sent a message and asked for the price. If it's affordable, I'm going for it. I wanna try those shots where half of the photo is in water, and the other half is out of the water. Ooohlalalala.

I got a reply already. It costs 4k. Daym, ang mahal. Hahaha


When you believe, I believe

>> Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I've been an Archuleta Fan since he sang Imagine on American Idol. Then, in the course of the show, I've changed favorites. Sometimes, it became Michael Johns, sometimes David Cook, sometimes Jason Castro. I'm still an Arch Angel, but nothing came close to beating his rendition of Imagine.

Not until today.

This week's theme is Mariah Carey songs and David Archuleta chose to sing "When You Believe." If you're familiar with the movie Prince of Egypt (which, by the way, has a wonderful soundtrack) then you would recognize this song. It's sung by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. It's an amazing piece with very inspiring lyrics.

It was the perfect song for David.

What made this song move up to my David song list is his way of singing it. He's the balladeer type, and we normally would associate the word "cute" to his balladeer-ness (if ever there is such a word). Today, he became a man.

Here's what I texted Trish and Chikai after watching his video on youtube:

"David Archuleta grunting on his song made him a man. TOTAL HAWTIE. Not cute, but HOT. Our little baby has turned into a man!"

Yes, he grunted (or growled. Or whatever term you call the throaty growling in a song). Not to mention the falsetto, he's really making his way into stardom. Wait, he IS a star already.

When the contestants sing a hit song, they are always compared to the original singer. Example, when Syesha sang "I will always love you" by Whitney, she was compared to Whitney. She got a comment saying that "it sounded like you were trying to copy Whitney" (or something like that, I can't remember). Same goes for David Cook and Michael Johns when they did rock songs. For this particular song, David made it his own, without making it sound forced that he's making it his own.

I haven't seen the others yet, so I can't judge if that was the best performance of the night. I won't bother looking for the others on youtube; I can wait till tonight. :P For now, I'll recover from an instant David hangover.

ps. I browsed through the comments on youtube, and I found one comment very funny:

yeah...not digging the pants...
but damn, his voice makes up for it...


Tears in Heaven

>> Sunday, April 13, 2008


The panda says no!

>> Saturday, April 12, 2008

If you cringe at the sight of these punctuated signs,

Car's For Sale
Trouser's reduced
Im here,,,,

Then you should be part of the Panda Sticker Army. If you don't see the error in those signs, I recommend require that you continue reading. You need to be acquainted with the punctuations that you are taking for granted.

Eats, Shoots and Leaves is the one of those genius books ever made. Punctuation marks are now codes that we need to decipher. When we're faced with sentences or phrases that need punctuation marks, we resort to doing an "eenie, minnie, miney, mo" on choosing the proper punctuation mark to complete the sentence and make it understandable.

If you have a very good relationship with these symbols, then congratulations, you are now qualified for the Sticker Army.

Whenever I'm on the road, I'm always on the look-out for signs. I've noticed that Filipinos have this desire for apostrophes. They add apostrophes to signs that don't need apostrophes. And when there is a need for one, it's either they don't put one, or there is an excess of it.

Congratulation's to our graduates!
Rj'3s sari-sari store's

They must read Lynne Truss's book, "Eats, Shoots and Leaves," a book on punctuation marks. She writes it in a humorous way, as if she were talking to you directly. She gives examples on how punctuation can change the meaning of written work and how they can change certain events in history. Yes, those little dots with tails can change the world.

One famous example is the source for her book title.

A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

"Why?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"I'm a panda," he says, at the door. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

"Panda. Large blank-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

See how a comma changes anything? (If you force a laugh and didn't get the joke, start saving up for this book.)

Punctuation is important. Most of us only know the period, exclamation point and question mark. Those are the basic marks, also known as the end marks. However, those that come between such as the comma, dash, apostrophe and hypen are the tricky ones. They are usually the misunderstood ones. Majority of us do not know when to use them correctly. Lynne Truss helps us with that.

If you know how to use the punctuations, I still recommend that you buy it. I have to admit, I'm still confused on the plural of singular words ending in s. I have to memorize the words that do not need to add an s after the apostrophe for possessive nouns. When you do the possessive for Jesus or Achilles, you don't put an s after the apostrophe. But if it's a different name like Truss, there is a need to put an s after the apostrophe. The list for the exceptions is endless. The rule for that isn't really set on stone; it's more like what the general public agrees to.

The book also comes with a punctuation repair kit. It's main purpose is that when you see a sign that needs punctuational edits, then the stickers provide you the authority to edit the signs. There are large stickers for commas, question marks, periods, colons and semi colons. There are stickers that say, "The panda says no!" which are for punctuations that shouldn't exit on a sign. A clever idea, and I'm looking for the perfect sign to place my first sticker.

Join the advocacy, love punctuations and grab Lynne Truss's book.

Did I use my punctuations correctly? I hope I did (or maybe I overdid the commas). *grins*


oliver hopefuls

>> Friday, April 11, 2008

Andrew Lloyd Webber is in the search for the next Oliver for the restaging of Oliver! next year. It has the same set-up as last year's "Any Dream Will Do," a reality show to find the Joseph for West End's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This year's show is entitled "I'd Do Anything," and they're looking for a Nancy and an Oliver.

This show is different from last year, because of the voting style. The audience will vote for the Nancy, while the panel will be choosing the Oliver. John Barrowman is one of the judges!

They aired the show last March 15. I hope it's downloadable somewhere in the world wide web, because I'm sure that this is not available in the country.

I'm attaching a video of the Oliver hopefuls. They're so cute and huggable. I have an instant favorite: Gwion. One of the Olivers, Jordan, reminds me of last year's Joseph hopeful, Keith. Keith was the runner up to Lee Mead. Lee will always be my one and only Joseph. AY. hahahaha

Here are the Olivers singing "Electricity" (it's eel-lectricitee for the British :P)

Let's see how this show goes. If there are no episodes on torrent, there will always be youtube to save me. :P


cheyenne kimball - hanging on (actually it's more of a jason post)

>> Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cheyenne Kimball dated Jason Castro. Yes, the Jason Castro of American Idol, the guy with the cute blue eyes, the contestant in dreads.

Jenn, Trish and I found pictures of him in his fansite, kissing a girl. I went on a research spree, and found out that they were together. I don't know how long they were together, and it didn't matter anymore.

According to the wonderful Wikipedia, Jason was featured in Cheyenne's video, "Hanging On," and during the shoot, they were already a couple. She had a reality tv show, where Jason's face was also seen in a couple of episodes. Now that the guy in dreads is famous, his little showbiz secret is out.

Here's Cheyenne's video. Jason's exposure starts at the 2-minute mark.

Trish: wow how fun is that? jason frolicking in a blooming field. =))

Then the grumble part begins at 2:21. Poker faces, READY!!!

Before you all go "KILL, KILL, KILL!!!" Put down your fists. Because they're not together anymore. When I googled their names, here's what I saw.

Cheyenne was Jason Castro's girlfriend. Emphasis on the WAS. Ok, you can all now heave a sigh of relief. Sooo far, there aren't any rumors of a girlfriend -- unless you would consider the fanfics of Jamiele.

Jameiele = Jason and Ramiele

Ahahahaha, yes I know. The Ramiele Malubay of American Idol is linked to the Jason Castro.

Anyway, back to the video. I'll just provide a link because the person who uploaded this video disabled embedding. Pffft. So if you're not really a fan of Jason, then don't bother clicking. But if you love Jason as he would say "I love you too," then go ahead and click this link.

I'll leave you with two cute pictures of him.

1. Courtesy of rickey.org

Trish: i love you too jason =))

2. Jason Castro online. Looovely top!

P.S. I noticed that my blogs are about American Idol. I need to get a life. hahahaha


function disabled!

>> Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Chikai and I were figuring out how to disable saving images from certain blog posts. I came across this page that provides the codes. All you have to do is to provide the link of your blog. The code that will appear should be placed in the CSS part of your layout. For LJ, it's under the customize link. For Blogspot, it's under the template tab. Cool stuff.


I'll get to explore this function more when I get home. As for now, deal with what appears when you try to save mah pictures. :P


Lack of jobs

>> Monday, April 07, 2008

- According to statistics, over 2 billion million Filipinos are unemployed.
- Fresh graduates prefer to work outside of the country because of the lack of job openings.
- Fresh graduates go abroad because apparently, the pay is bigger.

Question: Are we really in a crisis?
Answer of rallyists, the opposition and leftists: Yes.

The real answer: NO.

I disagree with what the media is saying about the lack of job openings. Online recruitment shows that there are lot of companies that need employees, and there is no need to leave the country to earn money.

It's all common sense.

Take for example, nursing. How many students take nursing as a course? When the nursing results come out in the newspaper, it takes up one whole section of the newspaper. It doesn't even cover all passers; they only post half of the passers, then post the second half on the next day. The font size is barely readable. There are a loooot of nurses.

How many of them have the heart for nursing? I feel bad for those who are nurses at heart, they become part of the group that take up nursing because "they want to earn money." Gone is the respect for those who is taking up nursing seriously, who plan on making a decent job out of taking care of sick people.

There is a need for nurses in Philippine hospitals. But what do these nursing graduates want? Work outside of the country. They don't have the burden to help the country. All they think about is helping themselves and their own family. They don't realize that there is a greater purpose for work, and that is to give back to the country. The Philippines gave them the education, they should give back to their country.

You may reason out: The pay is not that nice here.

Who said that you'll be an instant millionaire? It takes decades to reach your first million. There's no job that will give you your first million after a few months. You work hard for it. Everyone has a fair chance of getting a million, all it takes is the RIGHT job and the RIGHT heart for it. Besides, you still need two years of experience before you are accepted in a hospital abroad. The hospitals will not just get any applicant, they will screen and accept the best. So if you just slack off, there's no chance that you'll make it outside.

The hype on taking up nursing results in the imbalance of the demand for employees. I bet majority of the students want to take up a different course. I bet most of them want to take up arts, engineering, music, architecture, and business. It's simple math, and the people do not understand it.

Let's give an example. There are four cups of equal size. All you have to do is to fill them up according to what is needed. First cup is yellow, second is red, third is green and fourth is blue. You have a bag of beads. Because everyone wants yellow, you dye 80% of them yellow. Fill the cups according to the color. The yellow cup overflows because there are too much yellow beads. There is still a lot of space at the other cups.

Think again, lack of jobs? Or the employees are not distributed equally?

How many companies are in need of engineers? How many companies are in need of scientists? How many schools are in need of excellent teachers? How many companies are in need of psychologists?

I shall ask again, lack of jobs? or different set of priorities?

People blame the government for the lack of jobs. Blame, blame, blame is all they do. The government is spoon feeding the students too much, that they are blinded with the real need for real jobs. They put up call center buildings. They encourage the fresh graduates to leave the country. What is left of us?

I don't have any grudge against call center agents and nurses. It's fine with me, as long as you're called to become that. If I had the gift for customer service, I'd be a call center agent. But it's not my thing and I don't want to earn just because I need money. When it boils down to earning a large amount of money, then that's a different matter.

Forget about the government. Forget about politics. No matter where you go, there will always be corruption. Focus on your work, your gift, your calling. As the cliche goes, "be true to yourself." If you have the gift for painting, please take up arts. You'll find your way to painting success without having the need to leave the country. Yes, the demand is as large as nurses, but once you are excellent with your craft and when someone recognizes you, the reward will come in tow.

The secret is to study. Finishing high school will only take you this far. Finish college with excellent marks. If there is a need, take your masteral degree. Take graduate studies abroad because they can give a different kind of input. THEN GO BACK HOME and share what you have learned from your international teachers.

Build a new generation. I hope that will be the goal of every Filipino. With their talent, they should give back to the country by being a mentor to a new set of leaders. You just don't keep on collecting. Don't be a millionaire by the bank account, be a millionaire at heart.


One morning of superhero surprises

>> Saturday, April 05, 2008

Actually, it's a day of surprises.

Chapter 1: ONE MORNING
Yes, there are other morning shows besides Unang Hirit of GMA 7 and Umagang Kay Ganda of ABS-CBN. And no, it's not hosted by Rosa Rosal. (Oh camon, "Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko" yon eh!)

Galileo had this guest appearance in One Morning yesterday. The initial plan was that Mrs. Matti and Apple would be interviewed about the program, while we (T. Beth, Adi, me and the kids) would be in the background doing a Galileo session. We were there at 5:30 in the morning, prepared to show our faces on national tv.

Show started at 6. At birthday pala ni Gloria. May pakanta-kanta pa.

I thought we were like on for like only 5 minutes, then we could leave before the show ended.

But no, we were there for the whole show. Kamusta ang exposure before commercial breaks.

Saw More Than Medals Wushu team. They were interviewd and they did some exhibitions. Didn't get to say hi to Sukey. Kasi naman, we couldn't leave our spot. Ah well.

News, some guys who performed (and sang Happy Birthday for Gloria), features, news again. Ang tagaaaaaaal ng segment namin. The kids were starting to complain na, "Teacher, kelan tayo?"

I entertained them by showing them what goes on inside a studio.

Finally, at I-don't-know-what-time-that-was, the PAs told us to be on standby. Behave mode uli ang lahat. Mrs. Matti was interviewed on the couch, then Apple on the other side with us.

Then the unthinkable happened.


San ka pa, on the spot kung on the spot!

Buti nalang my brain didn't shut down. AT buti nalang hindi siya channel 7 or 2! hahahaha

The best part? They spelled my name as Yumi MITARGUE. HAHAHAHAHA

I am nooooow Teacher Yumi Mitargue. =))

The interview was long. Demmet, ang daming tanong. Imagine my sigh of relief when the host turned over the mic back to Bobby Yan. I glared at Apple and joked, "AKALA KO BA WALANG INTERVIEW?!?!" Hahaha

Walang ka make-up-make-up yan. Lip gloss at kabadong mukha.

the heart throb roque and the pretty charlize

standby everyone! standby!

Chapter 2: Superhero madness

We rushed back to the office to prepare for our surprise party for Mrs. Matti. Good thing she had a lot of meetings that required her to be out of the office. I stayed on Ann's computer and shooed Quincy and Mel out of the other room because we were trying to cram a surprise for them too.

Ailen and I rushed to Asia Tower to set up the venue. The others followed.

Apple did the stalling, we did the decorating, and... SURPRIIIISSEEEE!

Mrs. Matti was screaming when she entered the room. Who are these weird people in costume!

We had games, food, Lolcat speak surprises, a love letter, and the runway.

Project Runway. Mrs. Matti was the judge.

DUNDUNDUNDUNDUN... And the winner is...

THE JEDI MASTER LUMINARA! I wasn't able to put the make-up on my chin, because there was no time anymore. My headdress ripped when we played games. Aisa kasi eh! :P Ah well. All the painting and preparations were all worth it!

Thanks to:
Tita Mimi for the skirt
Tita Mercy for the eyeliner (which I didn't get to use)
Fabric warehouse for the cloth
and the winning prop: Chino Reyes for the wong wong light saber!

The pictures are blurry. That's how hyper we were. :P

Two nights before the party, I prepared my Jedi costume already. Thanks to Joy for sending me Cosplay links. :)

Wong wong wong

The finished product:

the new justice league (crazy edition), superhero heads

we will rule the world... with insanity! the jedi master, the wonderwoman, and the green lantern.

What a great way to end the week and welcome the long weekend!


positive note on blogging

>> Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I'm not the kind of person who'd keep a personal blog or journal. Most people would have a public blog, then have a notebook stashed somewhere in their room, filled with their personal insights and secrets. I do have a public blog (three actually), but never a notebook. I've tried writing down personal issues, stories, and experiences in a notebook, but I always end up only filling up ten pages or so. Then I leave it empty. There was one time that I forced myself to finish one notebook, but it wasn't personal. It was just filled with ramblings and nonsense. I just talked about how bored I am in a class, enjoying the texture of the pen touching the fine recycled paper. I never ever wrote about secrets. I didn't write how I was angry about something, or happy that a crush touched my arm, or cried because I didn't get better grades.

The reason why I don't write personal stuff in a notebook because there will come a time that someone will come across it and read it. The events are personal, mine to keep, without any intent of sharing them to random people. When someone would come across it in the future, it's like losing a part of me.

That's why I blog publicly. I blog about stuff I would like to share. I keep to myself the feelings I think would be best if kept private. If I blog it to my own mind, I am assured that no one will be able to pry it out of my mind, unless I am willing to say it. When I have a problem, I tell it to a friend, not write it down.

I write personal stuff in cryptic text. I do not mention names or specific venues. I write them down in a way that no one would relate to, unless I tell the details over ym, the phone, in person or through text messaging. If I blog, I lock my entries to certain people, people whom I've told over the phone. I sometimes post songs, then add one or two sentences saying that it's for this certain person or an explanation of the whole experience. Nothing in detail.

Benefiting Me

Blogging in general topics help me in my writing. I've been blogging since 2004. There would be times that the topics would be shallow, like a sudden burst of emotions over a basketball game or a tennis tournament. I remember one entry I wrote that didn't include any periods. I just kept on typing and typing without stopping. Sometimes, I write repeatedly, with one sentence popping out in every paragraph. There are random stories, sometimes drawn from experience. (Here's a secret: The cindy series are based on an experience, then I tweak it a little bit to make a smooth flow of the plot) I post pictures I took, linking them back to my deviant art or my flickr page.

When I backread, I would see how much I've changed in the way I write. I learn something from the first drafts I write in my blog. The blog is one big shitty first draft, the rawness of my craft. I guess I would say that I've improved since my first blog post. There is still a lot of things to improve on, and I'll get there one entry at a time.

As I age, the technique changes too. Topics change too. Before, I wrote in Taglish. Now, I can write in straight English. I think in straight English too. Blogging has its benefits. It has helped me in my writing.

Blogging x years from now

I will never ever write in a notebook. I will continue writing generally in my blog, going along as how I want it to be. There will be times that I'll flood my blog with youtube videos because that's what I want to share. The message I want to convey is there. There will be times that I'd talk about certain experiences, because I'm happy to tell everyone about what I experienced. There will be times that I'll post one sentence. Everything will be poured in one sentence, the burden all in a few words.

I'll blog till God-knows-when. What you read are things I'd like you to learn about me. What you see are fragments of who I really am. It's up to you to decipher what I'm going through at the moment. All the clues are right in front of you, and that's all I'm going to give.

No, this is not an April Fool's Joke. :P


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