Wednesday, December 20, 2006

PORTED FROM Vox Hunt: My Desktop

Show us your desktop.
Submitted by Anthony.

Desktop at work. My desktop at home is somewhat the same, but it's cluttered with more icons. :3
Happy Holidays!
Desktop ko-work
Desktop ko-work

PORTED FROM VOX: The Filcosplay Big Sister's Party-Hosting Guide (Was QotD: Party Time. Excellent.)

Are you throwing or attending a holiday party this year?  Any ideas/tips to share?

I attended two in this year already. One was the Filcosplay Christmas Party I helped out in, the other is the Christmas party of my company. I don't know if this counts, but my gals at the Kaka Fun Club are having dinner on the 23rd. Not to mention the family parties that each side of the parentals throw (with my family usually doing the party for the mother's side)

Here are some things I've learned about hosting holiday parties:
  • Games are always good for parties, never mind if the attendees' ages range from 1 to 101. They not only let you learn something new every time (Uncle, during a guess-the kid-in-the-picture game: ****** ***! I didn't know my sister looked like that at age 10! O.o Mum (the sister in question) and us: ... >_>0 ...For serious!), they also foster group dynamics (Same uncle, this time during the let-yourself-and-a-partner-out-of-your-belt-bindings-without- using-your-hands game: Us: YOU CHEATER!!! ... True stories I tell you.). + XD
  • If you are the host(ess) and you plan to have games at the party, make sure everyone in the party is wearing comfortable clothing and comfortable, easy-to-move-in shoes. Chuck your costumes and your high-heeled shoes, unless you either wear them like second skin or you are desperate for attention (in which case, you're better off trying to play with or against your crush or something than stepping on his/her toes, or worse, literally tripping all over him/her). This will be true especially for motion-based games. 
  • You can never have too much dessert. Especially if the dessert is leche flan (sweet egg custard, prepared by yours truly).
  • Hell, you can NEVER, EVER have too much food. And if you do, at least you have take-aways of the good stuff. I mean, really. Almost all the best food I've ever eaten was cooked and prepared for the Christmas holidays. And I know this will be very Filipino to say, but having too much food is better than having no food at all, especially in holidays celebrating abundance and thanksgiving.
  • Music always sets the mood. Choose songs that fit the holiday mood, but have a more upbeat rhythm. I don't like Destiny's Child so much anymore, but their Christmas album gets everyone I know who has been in our house during the holidays partying.
  • Name tags help a LOT especially in parties of 25 and more, and especially when you think these people will be meeting each other again, possibly outside of the party/holiday atmosphere. Not to mention that it cuts the host(ess), who has around a bajillion concerns in his or her mind because of the party, some slack in having to memorize who's on the guest list.
  • Oh yes, always, ALWAYS draw a guest list, even if it's the people you know. And make sure they RSVP. It completely blows to invite these people and then come party day, no-one arrives.
  • Always bring a still camera. If you can afford to, bring a video camera. Just make sure you get around to editing everything and sending them to the participants no more than a month after the party though. v^~^0
Alright, I can't really suggest much at the moment. My older sister is the mistress of our house and the best hostess ever, but sadly she's studying elsewhere at the moment, so I'm still learning the ropes my own way with her guidance. v^~^0

+ I swear I will make comic strips out of these. 

Monday, December 18, 2006

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

An end-of-the-year survey/meme from a friend in LJ (Paris would know her very well). Code's very basic and rather ugly in my opinion, but I don't make this stuff. v^_^0


Looking back on 2006
About You...
Name:Ma Jocelyn Bordador
Nickname:Joy
How old were you in 2006?:22
What was the most important thing you discovered in 2006?:I've changed so much in the past 8 years, I hardly recognize myself.
What will you always remember about 2006?:It's the year I've become stronger and regained some sense of self.
In 2006 did you...
Keep your New Years resolution?:Yes and no
Go on a holiday?:Yes, twice. XD
Change jobs?:Yes.
Buy anything from eBay?:No. I don't trust them there.
Prank call someone?:No.
Get drunk?:Yes, but didn't have a hangover.
Get high?:No.
Fall in love?:Yes.
Break up with someone?:No.
Get married?:Doesn't apply.
Get divorced?:Doesn't apply.
Stop speaking to someone?:Yes.
Kiss someone?:Sort-of, I think... do cheeks and family members count?
Kiss someone whose name you can’t remember?:No.
Make a new friend?:Heaps! XD
Do anything embarrassing?:My year wouldn't be complete without having done something embarrassing. v^_^0
Do something that you thought that you would never do?:Oh hell yes!
Do something you have always wanted to do?:Yes
Do anything that you regret?:Sadly, yes.
Do anything illegal?:I hope not, but I think I did...
Break a promise?:Sadly, yes.
Lose something?:Too many things to count...
Go crazy?:Oh hell yes!
Best of 2006...
Movie:Happy Feet! XD ...Does Brokeback Mountain count? :3
TV Show:Encantadia/Etheria, NANA, Heroes
Song:Rose by Anna Tsuchiya tied with Glamourous Sky by Mika Nakashima (both NANA)
Album:Blue Monsoon by Sound
Thing you bought:See "Album". And also my shoes from Liliw. <3
Memory:Too many to mention, but most of them seem to be cosplay-related.
Worst of 2006...
Movie:I'll get back to you on this later...
TV Show:Jigoku Shoujo - too many loose ends, not much sense. So much wasted potential. Oh, and House and most local soaps.
Song:Taralets by Imago, Hitoiro by Mika Nakashima (I dislike whoever composed it XP)
Album:That one by Paris Hilton. UGH.
Hangover:I'll try to add that before 2006 ends. XD
Memory:Losing stuff. Saying goodbye to my sis (even if it's only for a year). Being in the middle of fights. Being betrayed. And that one thing I don't EVER want to remember.
About 2007...
What do you want in 2007?:Weight loss. Idealism tempered with pragmatism. A raise - I keep getting all the this-is-WAY-much-for-the-n00b-to-handle-but-let's-give-it-to-her-anyways jobs. XP
Is there anything you would do differently in 2007?:I would definitely try to be less paranoid and less temperamental.
Do you think it will be a good year?:I don't want to assume anything.
What do you look forward to most about 2007?:More financial independence, emotional stability, and contentment. Oh, and the possibility of meeting people.
Do you have a New Years resolution?:To trust more, love more, bitch less and hate less.
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Monday, December 11, 2006

PORTED FROM VOX: QotD: Books From My Childhood





What books did you love as a child?
Submitted by hearts


I'll admit that some of my reading was not intended for my age group at all. I learned to read because my mother kept reading to me, though she says my entire family was amazed that I fast-tracked the process, having been able to read with little supervision or guidance at age two (sadly, I can't say the same thing for my writing skills). I guess that's why my mind progressed so much faster, why I became more finely attuned to my surroundings, and why I continue to value my time alone reading (and sometimes secretly sniffing the pages of) a book.


  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Before Hollywood bastardized it, TWICE. It was my first full-length novel and I read it on the Christmas of my seventh year, the same age Sara(h) Crewe was in her first year at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies. I am forever angry at the classmate who borrowed my novel for her report, because despite all my reminders she never returned it (not as angry as I am with myself though, since I never seem to learn to stop being so generous).
  • Nancy Drew mysteries. The old hardbound ones that my sister had are still at home. They were very female-affirming, which is something not a lot of mysteries - and particularly not the "new" Nancy Drew mysteries - are to-day.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, printed on a paperback colouring book. It is melancholy but beautiful, and it still continues to hold a lot of truth about life today. I was happy he was reborn as a real rabbit, though sadly reality is not always as kind.
  • A hardbound storybook featuring stories from Hans Christian Anderson. I don't recall the exact title, and I remember we gave this away so long ago, but I'll always love it for having the story about the one-legged tin soldier and the ballerina with the original ending.
  • Cordillera Folk-Tales. They were a refreshing change of pace from Western fairy tales (since they were as colourful and brilliant as they were violent XD), AND they were very Filipino. I felt very sad when I went to Baguio for the first time only to find that the people of the Cordilleras were no longer as extraordinary as the people in the books, but I am glad to say they are still as resilient and compassionate.
  • The Did You Know? encyclopeedia-almanac published by Reader's Digest, and other similar books. I remember my mind being like a sponge, wanting to absorb things about history, geography and some sciences. Too bad it still refuses to include chemistry, economics, and all forms of maths. =_=0
  • Encyclopaedia volumes and dictionaries in general. Learning new words was always exciting for me.
  • EDIT: I forgot to include the Choose Your Own Adventures series. It was fun to try and get a different ending each time. And the fact that some stories are actually historical fiction (I have a book somewhere that's set in the middle of South Africa around the 1970s) makes this series a great combination of entertainment and education.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Friday, November 24, 2006

Daily Romantic Horoscope

Dear Ligaya,
Here is your couple's love horoscope
for Saturday, November 25:

Your need to save the world rarely conflicts with your need to keep Sweetie happy, but that might happen today if you're not careful. Try to narrow the gap between the two, if possible.

---> ZOMFGWTFHBBQ?! @_@000

Horoscope courtesy of Astrology.com.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Quote of the day. Slightly bigoted but definitely hilarious. XD

"Any man who takes unconscionable advantage of a woman in need should be boiled in Shell oil and closeted with a faggot who is a cannibal."

- Dr. Thelma Kintanar, Women's Studies professor, UP Diliman as quoted from Presea (of Quiescence)

Mudra, I love you forever. ♥♥♥

For those who can relate, go and spread the love! XD

EDIT: Thanks for the correction mudra. v^_^0

Monday, November 13, 2006

Ang Buhay Nga Naman.

Nakakatuwa.
Sa bihira kong paspasang pag-e-emo nang todo-todo sa LJ, 'yung mga hindi ko pa inaasahang sasagot ang una't una pang sumaklolo sa akin.
Ngayon alam ko na kung sino ang mga tunay kong kaibigan. ~_~

Kilala ninyo kung sino kayo. Maraming salamat sa inyo.
Ang hinihiling ko na lang ay kung sakaling magkita tayo muli, hangga't maaari, magpanggap na lang muna tayo. Magpanggap kayong hindi ninyo alam na namomroblema ako, at magpapanggap ako na masaya ako. Masaya na rin naman ako dahil narito kayo at kapiling ko, sapat na 'yun.

Muli, maraming salamat sa inyo.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

PORTED FROM VOX: QotD: Heaven Scent


What is your favorite scent?
Submitted by Erinen
My favourite scent would definitely be "Oceanus Eau de Toilette" by The Body Shop. It was introduced to me by one of my sisters - I forget which one - and I've been hooked since. I don't know if it ties in to my solar zodiac sign especially because of  the irony involved (Pisces ... about as watery as you can get, but I CAN'T and DON'T SWIM). And neither do I know how Ms. Anita Roddick and her team managed to blend together tuberose, water lily, violet, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, musk, berries and wood. But ever since I sprayed some of it on the back of my hand, I has always been to me, as the Body Shop website puts it, "a fresh, clean fragrance reminiscent of crisp sea air." Even now when I spray it on I remember the few beach trips I've been to, and I feel much lighter - more floaty if I think about it. 


Unfortunately, I've heard it's being phased out. ;0;


Here comes my second favourite scent - A Touch Of Pink by Lacoste Parfums! Very fruity and summery. 

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Hand of God

This will be a series of vignettes where I try to articulate my daily experiences with my Lord and Saviour. Yes, I am Catholic, and I'm proud of it. I know I am not perfect, I know no Catholic is perfect (a Pope is only infallible when he designates dogma and writes encyclicals, and many saints are known for being tempted and even for succumbing to temptations), but it is my earnest belief that working towards being an excellent Catholic is enough. I also believe that there are no coincidences, that events happen for a purpose that I may not yet understand or witness until the far future. But usually, that purpose, to me anyway, is to show me how lucky I am that I am still able to enjoy my life as it is right now.


I took a jeepney on the way home after taking the Light Rail Transit, and grilled the driver into submitting to my demands to bring me to Reposo Street, a part of which is immediately outside my village. But then he brought me down at a stop along Sen Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) that was MUCH farther from the stop that faced Reposo Street. I was fuming at the driver for having the gall to say he'd pass through Reposo; the next time I ride a jeepney I should check if its driver means it will pass THROUGH or BY my destination.

So there I was dragging my feet, plodding with a plastic full of cloth, blinking only momentarily when an old man went towards me. As I squinted I realized he too was dragging his feet, but then he had his hand on his stomach.

At the exact moment we passed by one another, we both fell under a dim streetlight. But it became clear to me that his face, with cheeks that told of fallen teeth and fallen tears, was twisted.

I stopped to ask if he needed help. He replied that he didn't, but he was just so tired and wanted to rest.

So we stayed near the railings that kept the sidewalk from the street. I asked him if he was alright, clever girl that I was. I never even asked his name.

His answer stunned me. He told me in a halting, raspy voice, that he was dying of a gastro-intestinal haemorrhage, and so much blood poured out of his anus. Even then he tried to ask for financial help just so he could arrange a decent funeral for himself from numerous government officials, who all sent him away saying "Please follow it up some other time." Now he was trying to make his way back to his residence in a faraway area of Cavite, but he showed me that he had no money in his pocket.

For people not in the know, it costs approximately PhP110.00 to get to Rosario, a town in Cavite, from Makati, our current location - that's one jeepney ride to the bus stop (around PhP12.00) and one bus ride to Cavite (at least PhP90.00). It's a steep amount even for me, what more for an dying old man with no stable source of income? And he lived so far from the capital, near Batangas!

I kept him company while persisting with my questions and attempts for small talk. I asked him why he of all people did it; didn't he have children who should by now be taking care of him? He said that nearly all of them couldn't make it, they were all living in the Visayas (I never bothered to ask the exact province), and even the money they sent wasn't enough to ensure that he could at least live the rest of his days as comfortably as possible, where he was cut off from them save for one who also was occupied with work.

But at this point I was still a bit sceptical - I can be such a sucker for sob stories like this, I am a true bleeding heart. So I only gave him PhP30.00 in coins. I asked him if it was enough. He thanked me graciously and then limped towards the jeepney stop I was dropped off earlier.

Then I realized how dire his situation was, so I quickly ran back to him. Good thing there were no jeepneys yet to bring him to the nearest bus stop, but then again he still wasn't quite there yet. I decided to give him the clean PhP100.00 bill stuck into my wallet, plus PhP10.00 in coins. He smiled widely, showing me an earnest, toothless grin, and told me repeatedly, "Maraming salamat po! Kahabagan nawa kayo nang Diyos at pagpalain kayo." ("Thank you very much! I pray that the Lord has mercy on you and blesses you.")

I stayed by him until I found a jeepney that would take him to his desired bus stop and ran to it, yelling for the driver to halt. I assisted him as he climbed painfully into the jeepney, telling the driver not to suddenly start driving while the poor man was only halfway up the steps I checked my wristwatch for the time; I was sure that my mother, who didn't know of my sudden decision to go to Divisoria beforehand, would be waiting at home, furious at me. Then I remembered that I didn't give him the PhP20.00 I had in coins.

I wonder why I didn't give that old man my extra money. I supposed the PhP110.00 was enough. Or maybe part of me still didn't want to believe his story, or I just hoped I could hop on another jeepney from the same stop that I knew would pass by my village.

But as it turned out I would have no use for the PhP20.00. After ten minutes of waiting, I ended up walking (and even running) the rest of the way home.

Addendum: There's a very inspiring video here courtesy of Click The City. Clipcast link posted for its relevance (and because the actual video won't embed here for some reason, sigh...).

Thursday, October 26, 2006

All things new...

Thanks to the Good Lord in Heaven that I've got a job again, finally. And I hope this job allows me to attend all cosplays and all other events, especially in the coming months when virtually everyone and her mother is having an event. I'll upload my picture here at work tonight when I've got the IR device - and hopefully the internet - running again.

But first, to get my cold out of the way. XP

Oh yeah to the Cortez and Bordador clans: If and when you read this, I'd like to know your opinions... would it be grand to have a super-huge YM / MSN chat meet-up? Just comment with your email address so I can send you mine. ^.~

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Crossposted. Finally finished a week later. ^_^000

Date: 27-28 September 2006
Time: 7:00 pm-2:20 am
Venue: Starbucks, Pacific Star Building, Makati City; Mini-Stop, H.V. de la Costa cor. Leviste Sts., Makati City


Today from the original four - Geo, Adz, Leng and myself - we became NINE. XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Welcome, Cheska (I'll add you if you don't mind :D), Dandan (I'll add you too if you don't mind &hearts) Erving, Kel and Elbeeeeeeeeeeeeen! ♥♥♥ !!! ^__________^ {huggle-glomps them all collectively}

Actually we are not all cosplayers but we all come from the same community, and have more or less the same demented sense of humour. (Well, save maybe for poor Erving, who returned from Canada too late to know all those retro Filipino commercials and anime that we kept making fun of for most of the night. ^_^0 The poor dear. Sana hindi ka na- out of place. v^_^0) I was the last to arrive (^_^0) but I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad they all waited for me - I already missed the YM conference earlier today plus the discussion on the (DISPUTEDLY yaoi) already, but they were so kind to give me a heads-up on what I missed, and literally and figuratively humoured me as well on things like home TV shopping, retro anime, retro Filipino commercials, landiang yaoi at yuri, green jokes and innuendo-laced dialogues, shameless camwhoring, Ouran High School Host Club, other funny stories, (and even serious, personal things that would best remain with the Starbucks Wednesdates Cosplay Group.

...Yes, I dub us as such. Totoo naman e 'di ba? XD

I swear I've never laughed to hard and so much in the way I have in the past six-or-so hours. d^V~b And I haven't stayed awake and hyperactive THAT long in AGES. v^_^0

Thank you guys, I love ya heaps! {huggle-glomps them all collectively again}

Oh yeah, hi to JM (who surprisingly looks very cool and much less angry, yay v^_^v). Um, sorry we forgot to tell you we were at Mini Stop at the corner of De La Costa and Levista till 2:30-abouts. ^_^000

And for those who missed the fun but would like to join us, we meet again on Wednesday, 4th October at Starbucks-Pacific Star Building, Makati City for the next round. v^_~v

(Amp, parang weekly kapihan/tsaa-han/keiki-an ito ng mga taga-media. Kaso, siyempre mas buraot, mas kalog at 'di hamak na mas masaya. XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD)

This post has been brought to you by the word "p(u)westo" and the song Yakap Sa Dilim by the band Orange and Lemons. v^V~v

Light A Little Candle to End Child Trafficking, Pornography and Prostitution!

The innocent victims of Internet child abuse cannot speak for themselves.

But you can.

With your help, we can eradicate this evil trade.

We do not need your money.

We need you to light a candle of support at Light a Million Candles.com.

We're aiming to light at least One Million Candles by December 31, 2006.

This petition will be used to encourage governments, politicians, financial institutions, payment organisations, Internet service providers, technology companies and law enforcement agencies to eradicate the commercial viability of online child abuse.

They have the power to work together. You have the power to get them to take action.

Please light your candle at http://www.lightamillioncandles.com or send an email of support to light@lightamillioncandles.com.

Together, we can destroy the commercial viability of Internet child abuse sites that are destroying the lives of innocent children.

Kindly forward this to your friends, relatives and work colleagues so that they can light a candle too.

Thank you and Jess bless.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Six Random Facts About Me

Tagged by Infinite Insanity.

Once tagged by this entry, write a blog entry of some kind with six random facts about yourself. In the end of it, pick six of your friends and tag them! (No tag backs). This explanation must be included, of course.

That said, let's get it on!

(... I'm automatically tagging Mao and whoever else still reads this. ^_^0 Otherwise this will be crossposted on my Multiply account.)


1. I know I talk to myself. And I actually LIKE it. ^_^000 My locomotor skills are lacking, and besides, my mouth is much closer to my brain than my hand is. Memorization comes naturally to me. ^_^000

2. I enjoy annoying my friends and my family. I particularly enjoy picking fights with my mum and sisters. I don't know why, but I'm guessing it's because they used to annoy me a lot. (Payback time! XD)

3. I still haven't been kissed on the lips. Sad but true. The closest I got was when Vicente kissed me but that was on the cheek and nothing more. I believe that’s because...

4. I am not comfortable with face-to-face romantic relationships. Still. My messed up life explains a lot. And at the rate things are going I'm not sure I ever will be comfortable with them. (But my beloved Mahal is so wonderful that he always inspires me to try. I love you Mahal, wherever you are!)

5. I can actually be quite the bitch (goddess v^V~v). This was proven when Mr. "I have 7 years of web experience + I am the VP of a company regarding nascent technologies" chuva charva came along. (I'm not putting his website here unless you insist, but I'm sure a lot of you have an idea of who I'm talking about. Instead I'll redirect you to Distant Sparks’ blog Kizuki Houou so you can get to the site at your own risk. I don’t want to give him any more publicity – and cash, as far as I heard – than he has already got so undeservedly. XP) I’ve heard from the cosplay grapevine that people are actually SCARED of me now. v^_^000 For proof I present Around The World Forums, Filcosplay, Cosplay.ph, fellow bitch goddess Nissie’s uesugi_rin, and my LJ, _ligaya_, look for references to “Boobman” XD

6. I am a Roswell junkie. My Ate is to blame for making all of us watch it. I watch it not only for the story (which sadly became more convoluted with each passing season, no thanks to the endless ring-a-round-of-posies the production team had to play since so few networks wanted to air it T^T), but also for the delicious and talented Colin Hanks (who was [SPOILER ALERT] killed off in season 2 – man I wanted to kill their entire production team for that!!! >_<000) and lead actor Jason Behr, who I still swear is the perfect actor to play Shinji Ikari should Peter Jackson and his team decide to finally make use of their rights to the Neon Genesis Evangelion movie.

**Stupid PLDT DSL disconnected me RIGHT WHEN I WAS SUBMITTING so now I had to change #6.XP Tae.

PS Many Happy Returns to Mahal! ♥

Monday, September 11, 2006

Who knew?! XD

After the madness that was Red Horse Muziklaban, papetiks-petiks muna ako sa trabaho ngayon.

And guess what I found?

The First (and so far the ONLY) Filipino Transformers Cosplayer

What makes this doubly rock is that I was once paired to him in our org - yes, we're orgmates, sayang nga at alumnus na siya by the time I entered UP Diliman. XDDDDDDDDD Kaya pala lagi kaming pinagti-tripan sa ICTUS.

Regan Himura! This is Haruka-chan of ICTUS. 'Pag nakabalik ka sa dito sa Manila, drop me a line and we'll cosplay together! v^_~v

** Link courtesy of The Premiere Transformers Fan Group in the Philippines.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Unlock The Purity Code. Experience Smirnoff.

Do (some of) you guys remember the Smirnoff Purity Campaign project I've ranted and raved so much about?


Well, THIS IS IT.


(Sorry for screwing with the layout. ^_^000)


Experience Smirnoff


Join us as we Unlock the Purity Code on September 6th, 2006, 11:30 in the morning, 4:00 in the afternoon, and 7:00 in the evening at the Eastwood Central Plaza in Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City for a day - and night - that's clearly bold, clearly smooth, and clearly pure fun.

Clearly a kick-ass event ... because it's clearly, purely Smirnoff. v^_~v





Please support this, it's my first project ever (and if the people executing it didn't change my original plans - since water from a tributary of Marikina River adjacent to the event venue will be purified for everyone to drink in! - everyone there who drinks the water gets a glass of Smirnoff free! :3) ! v^_^v

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Taenang buhay ito... [FAN LIST OWNERS ALERT!] (EDITED FOR "ADS")

My links from the fanlists and onwards are ALL missing! >_<000

And until now I'm actually stupid enough not to back all my links up in a Word file so I can fix them later. XP

So, to all the fanlist owners whose lists I've joined, if you find the links to your lists (which should be at the left side of this blog) missing, please email me at minamino_haruka@yahoo.com with your name, your fanlist's name and your fanlist's corresponding up-to-date URL so I can put it back up as soon as possible.

Thank you very much, and sorry for the inconvenience! {bows apologetically low}


2013/08/17 EDIT: Google Adsense, there is NO violation here that I can see -- ads are placed where they should be, the layout came from you and I barely touched it, so any ads you may see here should not be my fault. You can only see my email address indicated, and some less than-greater than signs that I have used as emoticons. Did you mean the cussing was bad? Unfortunately there's nothing I can do about it because it's already published. Where exactly is the violation? PLEASE BE MORE THOROUGH IN EXPLAINING THIS. Thank you.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Campaign whore time!!!

Hi guys, for those few who follow my Blogspot...

The National Cosplay Competition 2006 Online Polls Are Up!

If it's no trouble at all with you, please be so kind as to open up an account on my baby project (click on "Cosplay.ph" at the Communities section to your left) and vote for me. I am contestant # 89. v^_^v

Thanks heaps!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

ORIGINAL SIN: An old meme resurrected from the dead.

WRATH
1. Who did you last get angry with?
- OMG... too many people to count.
2. What is your weapon of choice?
- Words, fists, claws, and whatever is easy enough to haul to the offending party. Seriously.
3. Would you hit a member of the opposite sex?
- Definitely. In Filipino, I'm the type that's "walang sinasanto." NOTHING and NO ONE one is sacred to me when I'm mad. Ask my family.
4. How about of the same sex?
- Ask my family and friends. Or read above.
5. Who was the last person who got really angry at you?
- So many people too.
6. What are your pet peeves?
- Losing my stuff. Big and small alike.
7. Do you keep grudges, or can you let them go easily?
- If the offence done to me was just too grave, I would keep the grudge up to my deathbed.

SLOTH

1. What is one thing you're supposed to do daily that you haven't done in a long time?
- Contact reports and timelines. UGH. >_<0
2. What is the latest you've ever woken up?
- Seriously? 2:00 pm! XD
3. Who have you been meaning to contact, but haven't?
- My older sister.
4. What is the last lame excuse you made?
- Um, sorry, we're still saving it. XD;;;
5. Have you ever watched an infomercial all the way through?
- Nope.
6. How many times did you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock today?
- I didn't use it today.

GLUTTONY

1. What is your overpriced yuppie beverage of choice?
- Anything from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. XD
2. Meat eaters are?
- Fun! XD Sorry, vegetarianism is tough. T^T
3. What is the greatest amount of alcohol you've had in one sitting outing or event?
- 4 glasses of weng-weng, which has 4 different kinds of alcoholic drinks in one pitcher. All from the restaurant once owned by the person who passed me this meme. XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDd
5. Do you prefer sweets, salty foods, or spicy foods?
- Sweet, definitely. ♥

LUST

1. How many people have you seen completely naked?
- More than I can count with my hands. UP does that to you. XD;;;
2. How many people have seen YOU completely naked?
- I can count them on two hands, with one hand being the number of people who accidentally saw me completely naked! XD;;;
3. Have you ever caught yourself staring at the chest/crotch of a member of your gender of choice during a normal conversation?
- Chest, I think. Save for one person... XD;;;
4. What is your favorite body part on a person of your gender of choice?
- For the gents, face and chest. For the ladies, legs and booty definitely. XD
5. Have you ever been propositioned by a prostitute?
- Nope.
6. Have you ever had a pregnancy test?
- Nope, and I'll be damned if I have to have one.
7. Is love at first sight really lust?
- Not really.

GREED

1. How many credit cards do you own?
- None, sadly. Just a bunch of ATM cards.
2. What's your guilty pleasure store/brand?
- Bookstores, high-end clothing shops
3. If you had $1 million, what would you do with it?
- Give half to charity, the other half to divide among my assets (insurance and people alike :3).
4. Would you rather be rich, or famous?
- Rich. XD
5. Would you accept a boring job if it meant you would make megabucks?
- Maybe.
6. Have you ever stolen anything?
- Only by accident.
7. How many MP3s are on your hard drive?
- 16 GB's worth and counting! XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

PRIDE

1. What is one thing that you've done that you're most proud of?
- Won the third-place Palanca.
2. One thing have you done that your parents are most proud of?
- Won the third-place Palanca. XD
3. What thing would you like to accomplish in your life?
- Get published, draw more, write more, read more... too many things.
4. Do you get annoyed by coming in second place?
- OH HELL YES. It pisses me off like fuck. >_<0
5. Have you ever entered a contest of skill, knowing you were of much higher skill than all the other competitors?
- Yes. But I didn't think I'd win anyway.
6. Have you ever cheated on something to get a higher score?
- Nope.
7. What did you do today that you're proud of?
- I finished a lot of work today!

ENVY

1. What item (or body part) of your friends would you most want to have for your own?
- Boobs! Seriously. I'm all fat. >_<0
2. Who would you want to go on "trading spaces" with?
- I'll get back to you on this.
3. If you could be anyone else in the world, who would you be?
- God!
4. Have you ever been cheated on?
- I hope I haven't been cheated on yet.
5. Have you ever cheated?
- Nope, but I very nearly did. >_<000
6. Have you ever wished you had a physical feature different from your own?
- Always.
7. Finally, what is your favorite deadly sin?
- WRATH. ♥

Monday, May 22, 2006

I guess I have to spoil it all by saying something stupid like...

Now I still say, "to each his (her) own," but because I do feel my growth in ICTUS hemming and hawing at me, and besides that I really am no fan of the Da Vinci Code (sorry, tried reading it but grew bored by it ... and Angels and Demons offered nothing new either as I've read quite a number of books of similar ilk), I'll be posting this here. Besides, her argument are rather persuasive, although there's a bit about male suppression of females and femininity in Roman Catholicism that even I disagree on, and just warn people about being too gullible. Sadly, this intelligent argument is above and beyond some people I know who would rather point hither and thither instead of answering each point. v^_^0 Propagate this at your own risk. v^_^v


+++++++++++++++++++


What do you say to a Da Vinci Code believer?
By Amy Welborn

[*underlines originally italicised, and are the original author's]

Just as in any religion, there are different levels of The Da Vinci Code faithful:
• Those who believe every assertion made in the novel is true. These people come to my talks clutching copies of The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, one of Brown’s main sources for the novel. They stand in front of reproductions of Leonardo’s Last Supper and solemnly point out the presence of Mary Magdalene.
• Those who are startled by the claims of the novel, suspicious because they’ve never heard them before, but at the same time accepting of the possibility. These folks usually lack any background in history and suspect that there’s no way to know the truth anyway.
• Finally, there are those who really don’t care about the exact content of The Da Vinci Code, but are glad that it subverts Christianity, and so “believe” in the project in general, and heartily approve of it.
So…how to deal with them?
In answering the questions of those first two groups, “evidence” is the word to keep in mind at every point, and to stay focused on the basics.
The Da Vinci Code is a mess, a riot of laughable errors and serious misstatements. Almost every page has at least one of each. It would be easy to get swamped up in the small stuff, to spend hours debating the relationship of Marian imagery to Isis or who’s who in Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks The good news is, however, that’s not necessary. When discussing the factuality of The Da Vinci Code, all you really need to do is stick to a few fundamental points – and stick to them!
They say….. “But there’s a page in the front of the novel that says “Fact.” There’s a bibliography in the novel and on the website – those are real books – I’ve seen them in the library. His characters say that historians believe that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married, for example.”
You say…There is enough truth in The Da Vinci Code to be seriously misleading. Yes, the sources – like Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Templar Revelation exist. But they don’t reflect serious historical scholarship. You’re not going to find a university history department on the planet that uses the works that provide the meat of The Da Vinci Code theories as part of the syllabus.
What’s also important is what Brown doesn’t use. There are scores and scores of texts that have survived from the mid-1st century through, say, the era of Constantine in the 4th, that tell us very clearly what early Christians believed. Brown uses none of these.
It might be interesting to ask - and discuss – why. What do these reliable sources say that Brown would prefer to ignore?
They say….The case is pretty convincing – that the Priory of Sion has been protecting this secret about Mary Magdalene, the real Jesus and the real Holy Grail. It sounds like a tight case to me.
You say…Well, maybe – until you consider the following:
• The Priory of Sion, as Brown describes it, did not exist. The Priory of Sion was a small group of disaffected right-wing anti-semitic monarchists founded in 1956 in France. They forged the documents Brown describes in this book, and snuck them into French libraries. The fraud was widely exposed in the early 1970’s in France. Repeat: There was no Priory of Sion for Leonardo to belong to or to hide secrets.
• There’s actually no evidence to support a marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The Gnostic writings that suggest a special relationship between them were written at least a century after Jesus actually lived, and reflect, not the events of Jesus’ life, but the Gnostic interpretation of them. Mary functions as a symbol within those narratives, not as a historical person.
• There are voluminous studies done on the myth and legend of the Grail. Mary Magdalene factors in exactly none of them. That association is a modern invention of 20th century pseudo-histories.
They say…Well, there’s probably no way to know the truth anyway. Jesus lived so long ago; we can’t know for certain who he was or what he said. This explanation is as good as any of them.
You say…That is simply not true! Historians apply the same standards of evidence to early Christian documents as they do to any other text, and the general conclusion is that there is a consistent picture of Jesus and the early Christian movement that arises from those texts. There are ambiguities and differences of ultimate interpretation, but it’s generally agreed that:
• Jesus preached in a Jewish environment, drawing on the themes and traditions coursing through the Hebrew Scriptures.
• Central to his preaching was the “Kingdom of God.”
• He preached, did mighty deeds (miracles), told parables, and was finally arrested and executed by the Romans
• His disciples claimed that he rose from the dead, and made this the center of their earliest preaching about Jesus.
Note how radically different this is from the Da Vinci Code scenario. It’s different for a reason: the Da Vinci Code version is fabricated from whole cloth and bears no relationship to the evidence.
Yes, there may be different interpretations of what Jesus meant by “Kingdom of God” or the precise shape of the early Christian communities. But hold fast to this basic truth: There may be different theories about some aspects of early Christian history, but Jesus wedding Mary Magdalene, his chosen successor…is not one of them.
So, as we discuss these particular points, here’s where we need to focus. We need to challenge the evidence used in The Da Vinci Code and not let up. These works aren’t serious history. Why use them? There are plenty of interesting texts, easily available on the Internet, that do give a good sense of what early Christianity was all about. Why not check them out, indeed?
They say…oh, but the material on Leonardo da Vinci is very interesting.
You say…Perhaps, but it’s all wrong. The Da Vinci Code is wrong on every single point in makes about Leonardo: from his name, to his religious and philosophical beliefs, to every statement about every art work mentioned: the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, the Madonna of the Rocks, and The Adoration of the Magi.
I once gave a talk at a university. At the end of my talk, an art historian stood up and addressed the group. She said, “So many people come up to me and gush about how much art history they’ve learned from The Da Vinci Code…I tell them they’ve learned nothing about art from The Da Vinci Code!”
Indeed, if you asserted to any art historian that what is really going on in the Last Supper is that Leonardo is revealing that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and she is the real Holy Grail…they would laugh. They would.
Besides, just keep repeating…There was no Priory of Sion. There was no Priory of Sion. How could Leonardo be working on behalf of a group that didn’t exist?
There are, of course, many more questions that you’ll be asked. But if you can stick to the basics and keep questioning the evidence, you’ll go a long way in undercutting the assumptions that are brought to the dialogue.
But what about that third group?
I’ve met them – they write to me all the time – and perhaps you have too. They’re all over Internet discussions of The Da Vinci Code as well.
These are the folks that aren’t as much interested in defending the particulars of The Da Vinci Code, but are committed to this premise: that the Catholic Church is the enemy of truth and has been largely engaged in a 2000-year political power play.
To be honest, there is not much that an intellectual discussion is going to do to change these people’s minds. They are truly True Believers, largely immune to reason. But there are a few things you can say.
They say…forget the details. The fact is, there were alternate visions of Christianity, and they were brutally suppressed by the Church so that Mary Magdalene’s presence would be erased and women’s voices would be silenced and the males in charge would retain power.
You say….let’s try some logic, before we get to the facts.
If early Christian leaders were determined to suppress Mary Magdalene’s role in their history, they did a lousy job of it. They forgot to take out the part in every Gospel in which Mary Magdalene is the first witness to the Empty Tomb, the witness on which the whole story rests.
If the Church through history were determined to silence and demonize Mary Magdalene, again, they failed, considering that by the 8th century her feast day had been established, she was, after the Blessed Virgin, the most widely-revered saint of the Middle Ages, and she’s called, in Eastern Christianity, “Apostle to the Apostles,” among other honorifics.
If those early Christian male powers wanted to suppress the “real story” of Jesus’ ministry and purpose, you would frankly wonder about their sanity.
Given the fact that a female disciple carrying on a movement based on the wisdom purveyed by one of many wandering teachers of the time would have not caused one Roman eye to blink in surprise during the first century, much less prompted anyone to arrest and execute followers of such a movement….you’d have to wonder why these power-hungry men decided to make up a story that would get them arrested and executed, and then stick to it during those same arrests, tortures and martyrdoms.
This, in my experience, is not what power-mad people do.
They say….it’s the bigger truth that matters. It doesn’t matter what particular version of the Jesus story you pick. You need to pick the one that’s right for you, that fits your spiritual needs. That’s why The Da Vinci Code is important. It encourages people to do that.
You say…the crucial issue in The Da Vinci Code isn’t “spiritual truth.” It’s history. And the fact is the story of early Christianity is not a total mash of conflicting, yet perhaps all equally true, accounts.
More over, most people are interested in basing their views and opinions, as much as possible, on reality. When we’re in a relationship or friendship, just “believing in the truth” of the relationship doesn’t work. It’s based on the reality of the lives we live together – what we really say, what we really do – our real histories.
It’s the same with religion. Faith is, indeed, a step forward in trust. But it’s not blind, and Christians have never described it this way. Our faith is built on what the apostles said about Jesus. We believe what they said was true, we move forward in faith, and, we believe, we encounter the real Jesus along the way, just as they did, through the Scriptures, through prayer and through sacrament.
No, not everything can be true all at the same time. Either Jesus was Lord or he wasn’t. We know what the early Christians believed – there’s no question about that. It’s not up to us, if we have any intellectual integrity at all, to just make up another story that pleases us. If we don’t like what the early apostolic witnesses said, we don’t have to listen. But if we do have that intellectual integrity at work, and if we are interested in Jesus and his movement….we do. The decision we make at the end is ours to make. But at the beginning, we do have to listen to the witnesses who were there and what they passed on about what they saw.
They say…The Jesus of The Da Vinci Code is so much more human. I can relate to him so much more easily than I can the Jesus of the Gospels and the Church.
You say… The Jesus of the Gnostic writings more human than the Jesus of the Gospels and the Church?
Really?
If you believe that, you’ve never read a Gospel.
If you believe that, you’ve never set foot in a Catholic Church.
Because, when you read the Gnostic writings, you meet the most unearthly, abstract, and frankly, boring and yes, barely human figure you can imagine. He walks around talking, talking and talking. He doesn’t suffer, and for sure he doesn’t die.
But when you actually sit down and read a Gospel, what do you see? Or rather…who?
You meet a man who was born of a woman, who, it is said in the Gospel of Luke “grew in wisdom.” He eats with his friends, goes visiting, gets into arguments, has to get away from people at times, weeps, and is even afraid. He dies. On a cross, in agony, he dies.
You’re going to tell me that’s not human?
Think about Christian iconography, as well. What are the two most frequent ways of depicting Jesus that you see in 2000 years of devotional art from this church intent on suppressing the humanity of Jesus?
An infant on his mother’s lap…and a man suffering his death throes.
You’re going to tell me that’s not human?
So yes, those who are enraptured and obsessed with The Da Vinci Code, who believe its lies, are being misled. For the truth is exactly the reverse of what this work would have you believe: it’s the Christian Church that has preserved, in that mysterious but necessary tension, the full humanity of the One it also proclaims as Lord.
I sometimes wonder why people are so fascinated with the Jesus of The Da Vinci Code and why they so resolutely ignore the Jesus we meet in the Gospels and through the Church, why people don’t want to take that Jesus seriously. Why they just want to brush him off and focus on esoteric, abstract windy speeches on inner light offered by a stick figure.
But then I go back to the Gospels, and I read, "…Sell everything you have and give the money to the poor…love your enemies….Feed the hungry…clothe the naked…visit the imprisoned…Blessed are the poor…those who mourn…the peacemakers…what you do to the least of these, you do unto me…the last shall be first…"
Of course. No surprise. No wonder we don’t want him to be the real Jesus. No surprise at all.

[Amy Welborn is the author of 13 books, including "De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of the Da Vinci Code," "De-Coding Mary Magdalene: Truth, Legend and Lies" and "The Da Vinci Code Mysteries: What the Movie Doesn't Tell You" all from Our Sunday Visitor Publications. She was also the founding General Editor of the Loyola Classics series of reprint editions of great religious-themed fiction of the 20th century.]

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Focus

While riding with Daddy today my eyes began to tear up. I was glad when Daddy told me "I believe you completely" but I wasn't sure if he believed my fib that the bright lights made me cry. We were talking about LASIK, or "Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis." Essentially, this is refractive laser surgery for the eyes, meaning it permanently re-sculpts your cornea in such a way that you regain perfect 20/20 vision. This had been here in the Philippines ever since I was eighteen - the minimum age for such corrective eye surgery. But I could not avail of it back then because the degree of impairment of my vision then had not stabilized. More importantly, it was a new technology and one had to be wary of new technology, especially one as life-changing as making a "seeing" patient see even better without implements like eyeglasses or contact lenses.

So there I was, riding with Daddy in the late summer rain, telling him that it was never my fault I was such a klutz. My recent Vietnam trip with my family proved to me what I already knew all along - when one's eyesight is bad, corrective implements can only work so hard to help improve it. There I was falling over myself, over things, over my poor "assistants" (my hapless, patient and loving family) even. In fact what convinced me to have LASIK done was getting a rather deep wound on my knee after falling on gravel on my FIRST day in Ho Chi Minh City (and we were there for only FOUR days). On one hand, I was too busy trying to achieve the perfect angle for pictures using our digital camera (which was stolen exactly three days later in the country). It is also true that frequent bouts of near-fatal illnesses in my early childhood years have ruined my locomotive skills and sense of balance; the most I could do while I fell was to make sure my head didn't hit the gravel first. But I could've sworn that the little raised piece of cement separating the asphalt road from the gravel soil of the war tanks on permanent exhibit called the bar blended so well into the road under the glare of the sun.

For those who know me and follow this weblog, I'm sure you're all thinking, "Why?" I know I'm young, and my eyesight remained at 350(right eye)/600(left eye). But I AM YOUNG, and already everything to me is literally a mass of depthless, shapeless blurs. I can't count how many times I've nearly gotten run over by speeding vehicles just because I can't estimate how far they are from me. My "souvenir" from Ho Chi Minh City wasn't the first of many imprints on my skin; a good number of which came from my old home. My professor in creative writing class last summer forced us to read Diane Ackerman's "The Natural History of the Senses" (excellent book, by the way), and was THRILLED to find out that I was the most severely visually impaired seeing person in class, and used me as a perfect example to illustrate the book's point that visually impaired seeing people literally see things differently. I had to describe to her that I couldn't see the trees, the grills, the lawn and the sky outside my window, but just the rearranged vomit of green, brown-black, black, and blue cut piecemeal. (Of course, the book said that visually impaired seeing people also make the best painters, and cited an entire painting movement - expressionism, with all its dots and strokes - to prove the point. This makes me wonder why I never bothered to shift into, much less fight for, my original college course of choice, fine arts, instead.)

Yes, I've decided to end fifteen years of clumsiness brought about by severely impaired vision. I waited nearly my entire current life to find a cure for my near-sightedness, and I won't wait a second more. Of course I know it isn't easy, but I am optimistic that it would be much better than falling all over myself, or becoming a victim of a hit-and-run incident just because I can't tell how far or near a car is from me. As much as I have loved using my glasses, and would never, EVER consider replacing them with contact lenses, my dependence on them and on other people to watch over me when these glasses fail me have made me unable to be a bit more carefree, a bit more relaxed, and a lot more able to enjoy my young life with few worries.

Author's Warning: I cannot stress enough that this process can lead to complications if it is not done by a VERY experienced eye surgeon. Therefore, those who decide to subject themselves to it MUST be no younger than 21 years of age, and MUST know what they are going to get themselves into. The LASIK Eye Surgery website is an excellent primer on this, but search engines like Google can also help provide links to more information. If you are ultimately convinced, like myself, that LASIK is the only cure to your problem, Godspeed.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Oh look! New quiz!

Oh wow, haven't done this in AGES. v^_^0








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Monday, April 24, 2006

I finally did it. v^_^v

Yes folks, as of 23 April 2006, I am now a cum laude graduate of the degree Bachelor of Arts in Communication, major in Broadcast Communication, of the University of the Philippines (Diliman campus) College of Mass Communication.

See the complete set of my graduation day pictures here.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Kaka Fun Club at Alfonso, Cavite!

+++ This post is found in both Ligaya's Joys and in Ligayadiwata, Multiply-ed. +++

OMFG. I am STILL itching with rashes, but I am SO happy to have had one last hurrah with the Kaka Fun Club (sans the Transient Freak... but that's another story) at Azalea/Hikari's vacation cabin in Alfonso, Cavite, which is at least 30 minutes' drive from Tagaytay. It's rather warm since it's in between mountains, but the cabin But not after everyone played two rounds of bullshit.is COZY and VERY pretty... and it's built on a modest estate with lush gardens, tons of gazebos, two hammocks, tons of coconut trees, nearly a dozen dwarf ponies, and TWO HUGE SNAKES (sawa! @_@). They were still building the walls when we arrived just this past Tuesday, but it looks good without the walls.

Unfortunately, during our entire trip no one realized that we forgot the following:

1) board games
2) playing cards (we borrowed some from the caretakers of the estate)
3) food (good thing the caretakers were so gracious to prepare something for us!)
4) and, ultimately, booze (we found some liquor shops on Tagaytay thankfully)

After quick shopping at Mercury Drug-Santa Rosa, and takeaway orders at Mushroomburger in Tagaytay, we arrvied at exactly lunchtime. After our Mushroomburger lunch, we played two rounds of bullshit, then half the Club went to sleep while Azalea and the Chiq N' Joy trio played speed and tong-its. We were treated to halo-halo, and then went around Tagaytay, we had a tough time deciding whether to go to the posh Tagaytay Highlands, or to the heart of Taal Volcano instead. Finally, we opted for the latter ... and found the tour guides only around sunset. Oh well. Too bad we couldn't go up to the crater since the 15-minute horse ride was ginourmously expensive, and besides, Chiqui was... incapacitated (that time of the month). But I learned a lot from our boatmen, and my trusty new mini-DV camera withstood the strangely salty waves that took us by surprise. And the people were friendly.

Dinner was a short affair of adobong tuyo, and everyone save for me took turns bathing. Then it was finally drinking time! Out of all the alcoholic drinks we bought, we only consumed the red wine, 1/3 of the HUGE Absolut Vodka (which tastes like metal and rubbing alcohol when taken straight - is it really supposed to taste like that?!), Sprite, 1/2 of Bailey's, and 2/3 of fresh milk. A good number of interesting things were revealed, which was FUN. XDDDD Once everyone and their cameras were low in battery, we all watched Kill Bill, making good use of the fast-forward button to the gory bits. But we didn't finish it because surprisingly enough, we were all sleepy because of the alcohol, so at 2:00 am (give or take a few minutes) EVERYONE was in bed. @_@

On Wednesday, I got up at 6:00 am to find Chiqui gone to bathe again. I went down to bathe after her while we waited for the rest of the girls to find the sun in their faces. (I'm glad I didn't bathe earlier though, the smell of alcohol really clung to our bodies. But damn, the sun was BRIGHT. I actually awoke at 5:30 am - I was wearing my watch into the night - and was so sleepy, not to mention too hung over, to kick the blankets off me.) Our resident goddess was the last to wake and complained that she was supposed to be up MUCH later in the day, but the corned beef, hotdogs and fried rice prepared for us was too delicious. Then we watched Beautiful Boxer, which is about Parinya the transvestite Muay Thai champion, and one by one people went back to sleep. Soon the Chiq N' Joy trio began playing tong-its, until finally I had to go home (I made arrangements so that I would leave earlier in order to check my graduation dress.)

Here are some things I learned overnight, mostly connected to drinking:
1) When I am tipsy, I still have full control of my mind.
2) ... Unfortunately, whatever little control I possess over my limbs just fly off the window. (It's a miracle I didn't drop my video camera at all!)
3) Chiqui hates cockroaches like the plague, I still despise insects, and Azalea/Hikari can kill insects like nothing.
4) Azalea/Hikari likes Bailey's, and thinksthat vodka served straight with no mix tastes like rubbing alcohol too.
5) Chiqui, like me, can be ecchi. (Oh noes! My secret's out! :O)
6) Chiqui has UNUSUALLY HIGH tolerance for alcoholic drinks (then again, she hangs out with Mica and Mia too much X3).
7) Neko, no matter what you do, will NEVER get drunk, act drunk or look drunk.
8) ...But Sherry will turn red with only ONE shotglass' worth of alcohol. Really! @_@
9) Besides Sherry and Diana, Cathy and Azalea/Hikari will get rashes due to alcoholic beverages and not lose them for some time (this is especially true for Azalea/Hikari, whose tolerance ranks among the lowest among us since she hardly ever drinks).
10) My talent/penchant/obssession with thinking aloud and talking to no one in particular multiplies when I'm drunk.
11) Tons of shameless and fun cam-whoring abound when we're drunk (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/hikari_91584/album?.dir=2544, courtesy of Azalea/Hikari XD).
12) And finally, for some reason, I apparently haven't recovered from thesis stress, so although I've gained tons of weight (T^T), my tolerance to alcohol is still stupidly and dangerously low, and my body belatedly reactive to it! I still have blasted rashes, but at least they're concentrated strictly on my chest and back area now. >_<

Well, that's it. I need sleep, I've got a busy, early day ahead.

Gosh I miss the Kaka Fun Club. T_T

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

OMFG.

I have taken time out of my busy schedule to tell all of you...



THAT MY THESIS HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR BINDING BY SOME MIRACLE.


Thank you good Lord in heaven! {weeps for utter joy}

Monday, March 27, 2006

DAY OF DOOM

Tomorrow will be the deliberations for my thesis. The thesis that I'm doing bit by painful bit, piecemeal, because of so many unforeseen circumstances. The thesis that is exhibit A when it comes to Murphy's law.

I'm praying as hard as I'm crying right now. And I mean VERY, VERY HARD.

Prayers and well wishes will be most appreciated after the hell I've been through.

Thanks and God bless you all.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Goodbye graduation.

Screw you people from the Panday production crew, SCREW YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!! >___________________<

Oh well, I suppose this is the only bit of advice the heavens gave me today:

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You are the Chariot.

You are the Chariot.

The chariot is one of the most complex cards to define. On its most basic level, it implies war, a struggle, and an eventual, hard-won victory. Either over enemies, obstacles, nature, the beasts inside you, or to just get what you want. But there is a great deal more to it. The charioteer wears emblems of the sun, yet the sign behind this card is Cancer, the moon. The chariot is all about motion, and yet it is often shown as stationary.

What does this all mean? It means a union of opposites, like the black and white steeds. They pull in different directions, but must be (and can be!) made to go together in one direction. Control is required over opposing emotions, wants, needs, people, circumstances; bring them together and give them a single direction, your direction. Confidence is also needed and, most especially, motivation. The card can, in fact, indicate new motivation or inspiration, which gets a stagnant situation moving again. It can also imply, on a more pragmatic level, a trip (usually by car), a vehicle - in the shop for repairs if the card comes up reversed - or a message.


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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Campaigns. Please pass.

Free the Sagada 11. Stop police brutality.

Oh, and for UP College of Mass Communication students and ICTUSians: PLEASE SUPPORT INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE KAROL YEE FOR CMC COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE.

Thanks guys. v^_^v

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Wala nang nagpapasaya sa akin.

My thesis is a mess, people who are supposed to be civil enough to at least reply with a "sorry, we can't help you right now" won't even call me back on important matters (particularly the production crews I've contacted for the purpose of my thesis), this fucking PC ain't working AGAIN (it hung for like... the nth time already, and my HDs decided one by one to just die), my broadcast journalism outline is screwed up, AND I read this fucking post.

This must be, "Hey let's make J_y miserable today!" day WEEK.

I'm trying not to cry (again) as I write this. But this is too much.

If no one hears from me tomorrow I do hope you will have it in your hearts to look for me, or to at least come to my funeral.

And I'm making this public - though screening comments - just to be emo.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Heaven is a call center.

Dear God,

When I prayed that I wanted to finish my documentary for BC 133 and my thesis (BC 200) within the same timeframe, I DIDN'T say and certainly also DIDN'T MEAN that I wanted to have ALL the interviews for both subjects at EXACTLY the same time. Of course, I may have worded my prayer wrong, but I DID say that all I wanted was just to finish everything at the same time ... and not DO everything and the finishing at the same time.

So now I implore You, please, PLEASE help me move my GMA-Encantadia staff interview to Monday or Tuesday next week, because having it this Friday would require me to become three persons, and sadly I am unable to retain my one-ness unlike You once I have been split into three.

Thank You and Amen.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Welcome to the family Maia!!!

My oldest cousin in my dad's side, Ate Grace Arguelles (nee Pascual) gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Wednesday, February 8th, 12:30 am. According to her, her labor was relatively painless and completely epidural-free thanks to the Lamaze exercises she and her husband Kuya Michael did, although it was terribly drawn out because the baby wouldn't come out.

Congratulations guys! Welcome to the world Maia! =^~^= {cuddles her baby niece}

This is a shot of Tita Linda (Grace's mum, Maia's lola or grandma, and my dad's older sister) kissing Maia. So, SOOOOO cute.^~^

(Picture hidden for protection purposes v^V~v)

For more pictures, please visit my virtual family album right now. Thankies and enjoy! v^_^v

HELP WANTED FOR THE STUDY

Good day!

Against all possible odds (notably not having the actual proposal sheet to be used for the pitch), the winning pitch was, ironically, the one about Japanese music and how it has slowly but surely affected Filipino society.

For this reason we are now looking for THREE (3) friends who are close, who like Japanese pop and rock music, and who are DEFINITELY going to the upcoming Core of Soul contest.

Here is a copy of our modified proposal, it describes everything you need to know about our study. (If you have any input on this we would appreciate it, as most of this actually came from our professor.)

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Name: Ma. Jocelyn C. Bordador, Christian Eric P. Martinez
Title (tentative): Magandang Hapon: Ang Pagpasok ng Popular na Musikang Hapon sa Pilipinas (The Entry of Japanese Popular Music into the Philippine Mainstream)
Date of Presentation and Airing (for class purposes ONLY): 27 February 2006
Synopsis: In World War II, Japan used tora-toras (army aircraft), tanks, guns and much force to take over the Philippines. However, that did not last. But in the 1990s Japan began to use not force, but the sheer power of color, cuteness and a certain avant-garde mode in the form of Sanrio mascots, animation (anime), comics (manga), robots and machines as well as building them (mecha), video and PC games, costume play (cosplay), fashion, and – most importantly for this documentary - music. And now on its 50th year, the Philippines’ relationship with Japan is stronger than ever.
Treatment: The shooting will be done in real-time, with segments of all the case studies pre-edited to give way to the Core of Soul concert which will transpire last in both real-time and the time within the documentary. The focus will be on three Filipinos who are friends not just because of their participation in the Core of Soul fandom, but also because of other shared interests in various aspects of Japanese pop culture. Each meeting time at the favorite tambayan or hangout of these three will serve as the transition point between the story of one fan-friend and another, then slowly this will build up to their literal as well as figurative entry into the “Core of Soul” concert, which we are planning to use as a symbol of Japanese music reaching out to and touching the Filipinos for our artistic, practical and story-related purpose. Humanization of the effects of being Japanese music fans will also be of extreme importance, chief among them being the management of time and financial resources as well as the conflict of a “foreign” culture integrating itself slowly into Filipino society (acceptance into the mainstream being the most feasible to study).
For the technical aspect, montage scenes may be used but may not be necessary depending on the content involved. However, juxtapositions of shots between the people and the concert will definitely be used. The slice-of-life or a-day-in-the-life-of-(name of case study here) is being considered for use. Other elements that the team wishes to consider will be data-gathering of (understandably limited) statistical information and a brief glimpse into the recent events in Filipino-Japanese relations especially in the light of popular culture.
Case Studies: We are currently looking for THREE (3) people, gender and age notwithstanding, who are willing to be subject to being the subject of our camera(s) for at least an entire day to become our case studies. We are in need of people whose lives we can immerse into, subject to their consent of course, because it would make the story of the documentary seamless and easy to understand for the viewers (technically just our class, but we shoot with the mass Filipino audience in mind). Our criteria for choosing them would be their willingness to work with us for days on end, their addiction to Japanese music (especially Japanese pop and Japanese rock, or J-POP and J-ROCK), their interest in the group Core of Soul, and – just as important as their availability – their unwavering decision to go to the Core of Soul concert and watch it in its entirety.

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If you are interested to join and you have two willing friends to tag along, please do contact me ASAP. If you have any input do contact me as well on them, my classmate (my partner for this class) and I would appreciate them. Thank you very much.



Sincerely,

Ma. Jocelyn Bordador
Y!M / Y!Mail: haruka173
MSN-M / MSN Hotmail: sailor_misato
Contact Numbers: 896-7477; 0917-816-3296

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

News on the life of Ligaya and quizzes ganked from my friends' Livejournals.

Good news: My blockmate and I are done with the free-topic documentary. Apparently, he hadn't awakened since 6:00 pm yesterday when we were supposed to meet at 9:00 pm ... and suffice it to say he woke up at 5:00 am today, and then barged into my house at 7:00.

Bad news: We still have to take care of the transcriptions and scripts. Oh, and we're still getting a 5 because we submitted late. After all, submitting something to your boss obscenely late is a grievous crime in the media industry ... someone PLEASE remind me why I wanted to be a broadcast journalist again...? >_<0

Worse news: The transcriptions and scripts are due TOMORROW, JANUARY 31ST, 5:00 PM - and sadly I won't be in school to give them

Worst news: We still have HEAPS of documentaries to do! The pitch is due next Monday!

So, to keep my mind off things and as a break before I venture back into transcribing, here are some wonderful things I've stolen, because they rock. v^_^v

+++ QUIZZES SUCCESSFULLY POSTED FROM Ligaya. +++


Men See You As Choosy

Men notice you light years before you notice them
You take a selective approach to dating, and you can afford to be picky
You aren't looking for a quick flirt - but a memorable encounter
It may take men a while to ask you out, but it's worth the wait


Mahal, I do hope you agree with me on the last line of one. ^_~


You Are Independent Sexy

You drive men crazy with your "playing hard to get act"
Except, it's really not an act at all.
You're a strong, sexy woman with her own life and interests.
And that makes men even more interested in you!


What about this one Mahal? ^_^


You Are Independent Sexy

You drive men crazy with your "playing hard to get act"
Except, it's really not an act at all.
You're a strong, sexy woman with her own life and interests.
And that makes men even more interested in you!


This one was hilarious because I had to admit that I DO NOT shave or wax my legs for anyone except myself. XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD


Your Fashion Style is Trendy

You love fashion and live to shop
And keeping up with the lastet trends is what you love best
You know what's in, out, about to be in, and about to be out
You love to dress your friends and would make a killer celebrity stylist


I originally got "Girly," but I realized that I would rather pick boots over any other pair of shoes, so I took the quiz again (I originally picked "sandals showing a bit of toe"). v^_^0


You Belong in Rome

You're a big city girl with a small town heart
Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome
Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand
And gorgeous Italian men - could life get any better?


Gosh, this was a hard one... ^_^0 I'm glad I got something close to my personality, or so I hope! (Well, except maybe for the gorgeous Italian men bit... Mahal is gorgeous enough! v^.~v

Okay, I'm now off to dinner and then later I'll be offline to finish transcribing. I can handle ANY kind of slave-driving in the media world EXCEPT TRANSCRIBING. @_@


Post-script: If anyone here knows where in either Makati or Katipunan (QC) I can get origami paper, I will be forever grateful. v^_^v

Monday, January 23, 2006

HELP WANTED FOR BROADCAST JOURNALISM STUDENTS!

Good day! My classmate and I in Broadcast Journalism are looking for ANY of the following people:

1) A PERSON (or family) CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN A (ROMANTIC) RELATIONSHIP WITH AN OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKER
2) A PERSON (or family) CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN A (ROMANTIC) RELATIONSHIP WITH A SOLDIER WHO IS OUT ON DUTY

We are prioritizing those who have been involved in such relationships for MORE THAN ONE YEAR.
This is because our topic for our Valentine's Day-themed documentary segment is LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS. Hence, above all others we are also looking for parties who consent to be interviewed for this purpose. Please don't worry, all that we will be asking will be based on the following questions:

1) How long have you been in this relationship?
2) How long have you known the person with whom you share this relationship?
3) How do you manage to maintain the relationship, especially when you can't be with the other person on important days such as birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, or Christmas and New Year?
4) What is your advice for people out there who are involved in relationships like yours?

Interested parties may contact me, JOY, at 0917-8163296, or ERIC (the blockmate) at 0919-8608795. Please be ready to be interviewed ANYTIME WITHIN THIS WEEK (JANUARY 23RD-28TH) since this is already due on January 30th (and yes, our topic was only approved earlier today).

Thank you very much!

* PS To some people: For the record, MY BLOCKMATE chose the topic. Not me. v^_^0