Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Wow --

Galing ng results nito --

You Are The Wayfarer Guide
"I'll show you the way."

Your deep insight and quick wisdom never ceases to amaze those around you. You are the guiding light for many of those you know and are not afraid to help anyone else who asks. Not very many acknowledge your tremendous help and effort, but you do not mind that so much. You've seen what is in store for them, and will be there should they need your help. You enjoy people in general, but are very selective of who you let see the real you. Others see you as an enigma of sorts, a mystery that is seemingly ever changing.

Which Classic Story Role Do You Play?
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Monday, May 30, 2005

=^_^= --

This reminded me of my J --

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For the rest of the strip -- *click*
Two as you go --

It is better to affront the world while serving your consciousness than to affront your consciousness trying to please the world.
- Humberto de Campos

Astra declinant, non necissitant. (The stars dispose, but do not compel.)
- The Stars Dispose by Michaela Roessner

* * *

New Music --

Youngest bro got back from Japan last week --

Da Loot consisted of a pair of Tatami slippers done by Puma (exclusive to Japan -- I think they call it the "Sushi"), a Lego Datebook and a really cool artbook called Love Letter From Above the Cloud, which contain postmarked envelopes.

He also purchased the Yoshida Brothers' CD --

The (Y)Oshidas are really, really cute boys who play the classical shamisen to modern beats. (They are very, very cute. =^_^=) One of their MTVs plays on Animax from time to time.

We listened to the CD last night and it was great --

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* * *

Dinners, dinners --

I don't know why, but the birthdays in my family are not well-distributed. They tend to clump up during certain months. In the next 12 days, we will be celebrating 4 birthdays -- my cousin today, one of my uncles on the 1st, my dad on the 8th and another uncle on the 10th. This only means one things -- dinner.

Last night was the opening salvo -- dinner at my uncle's house -- the highlight was Elarz Lechon, which was AMAZING. Tonight we're going to a Chinese resto along Wilson for my cousin's shindig.

Grabe, my tummy is dying. (But it's always fun to get together with everyone just to touch base. ^_^)

I will be having oatmeal and tea in a bit --

* * *

10 days and counting! --

I'll be going to Singapore on June 8 --

The last time I was there was 2 years ago and I really miss the city. This trip is special because we're watching PCK the Musical on it's opening night. (And we got really good seats -- hopefully.)

Ah, I am so excited! ^_^

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Madagascar! --

Had a most interesting experience of having to stand through most of the movie because the theater was packed and having to settle for M&M Peanuts because there was no caramel popcorn available --

All for 80 minutes of cartoon goodness --

This little guy made it worth it. ^_^

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Friday, May 27, 2005

Just saw myself on television --

So what did I learn?
1. Make-up is a must. (I look like a ghost. Bleh. At least hindi kita yung pimple -- hehehe)
2. I really do sound like a man. Damn. Anlalim pala talaga ng voice ko. ^_^;;;
3. My J is so photogenic (~angwapo niya~ XD). Sayang they edited the interview. I wanted to hear pa naman what he sounds like on television.

* * *

Decisions, decisions --


Greenhills Cinema 2
12:15PM 2:25PM 4:35PM 6:45PM 9:00PM

or here?
Powerplant Cinema 2
11:00AM 1:00PM 3:00PM 7:00PM 9:00PM

Powerplant Cinema 3
11:50AM 1:50PM 3:50PM 5:50PM 7:50PM 9:50PM

or here?
Shangri-la Cinema 1
1:10PM 3:30PM 5:50PM

Shangri-la Cinema 4
12:40PM 3:00PM 5:20PM 7:40PM 10:00 PM

or here?
Podium Cinema 2
12:40PM 2:40PM 4:40PM 6:40PM 8:50PM 10:50PM

Thursday, May 26, 2005

A confession --

I have fallen in love with mustard. Yes mustard. The kind you slather on hotdogs. I don't know when it started, but I'm hooked.

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(I have the Zesty Onion one at home. ^_^)

I can't really describe the flavor -- it's creamy, it's zesty -- it makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

And I've been eating hotdogs left and right just to get my mustard fix.

The most recent one was from Taters in Galleria today. (I wish I had a picture of it --- it was a truly glorious, mustard-y sight ^_^)

And then I saw them slather it on a sandwich on Extreme Cuisine (Lifestyle Network) -- I want! >_<

* * *

Witnessed an accident earlier --

It was on our way to Galleria from Ateneo. We were crossing the intersection of Boni Serrano and White Plains when a speeding Civic rammed into a cab directly in front of us.

That intersection really is dangerous -- there is no traffic light and, at 1030 this morning, there was no traffic aide controlling the flow. Motorists were left to fend for themselves.

* * *

Currently reading --

Finished reading the novel adaptation of Star Wars Episode III --

I picked up a copy of The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington at Powerbooks a few days ago -- and that's what I'm reading now.

* * *

And tomorrow --

We're going to try our hand in making Buffalo Wings at home.

And Madagascar is showing. Hurrah!

* * *

Interview --

From Gabs:
1. If you wrote the Great Filipino Novel, what is the title, what is it about, and what is the first sentence in the novel?

Hmm -- this was a tough one. I actually haven't thought about it. First instinct was to say "write about the Chinese experience in the country" -- pero, naah!

I'd want to write about food or travel. Maybe about Iloilo --

(I will think about this and go back to this question in the future)

2. If, during your wedding ceremony, the priest suddenly lost his voice, what would you do?

First I will laugh and appreciate how crazy the Fates get (of all days pa talaga, ano?). Then I will sit down and wait for our coordinators to handle the situation. (At one point -- I would probably grab the mic and try to entertain people while the situation is being resolved.)

3. What do you want to do on your last day on this earth?

Eat steak. Have sex. Spend what's left of my waking life with my loved ones.

If I knew that my life was ending, I'd take all of my money and travel the world and see/do everything (with my J of course). Hell, I'll even go on a rollercoaster ride with him.

4. What is the day of the week that you want to take away? Why?

I actually love all the days of the week. Pero siguro, if I were to choose one to give up, it would be Thursday. It's in the way of the weekend. ^_^

5. If you could be someone of the opposite sex for a day, who would you be and why?

I'd like to be a priest. I want to know what goes through their head. I want to know how they handle "concerns of the flesh". I want to know how holy they feel and what their fears are.

Actually, the first person that came to mind was FG Mike Arroyo -- I want to know what he tells himself before he sleeps at night. I want to know if he can still sleep at night.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Nag-baka sakali --

And found these:
EN 11 R25 COMMUNICATION IN ENGLISH I 3 1330 1430 M-W-F K-304
EN 11 R39 COMMUNICATION IN ENGLISH I 3 1430 1530 M-W-F K-303

Important dates:
June 2-4 Thu-Sat
Registration period for graduate programs

June 14 Tuesday
First Semester classes begin

June 22 Wednesday
Mass of the Holy Spirit Church of the Gesù, 9:30 am

July 1 Friday
University Cheer Rally 4:00 pm
Blue Eagle Gym
<-- Because this affects one of my classes

July 8 Friday
Faculty Day Escaler Hall, Science Education Complex, 8:00 am

July 28 Thursday
Mass in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola & Church of Gesú Dedication Anniversary Mass
Church of the Gesù, 10:30 am

August 1 Monday
School Holiday in honor of the Feast of St. Ignatius

August 19 Friday
Quezon City Day Non-working day

September 8 Thursday
Evening Prayer in honor of Our Lady’s Nativity

September 17-18 Sat-Sun
Ateneo College Entrance Tests (ACET) for SY2006-2007

October 10-15 Mon-Sat
Final examination week for college and graduate students

October 15 Saturday
Last day of the First Semester

November 14 Monday
Second Semester classes begin

Monday, May 23, 2005

Whew! --

Day started with a meeting with our interior designer and prospective contractor. Everything went well and we're plotting out a schedule of construction already.

Our interior designer also informed me that her feature (with our interview) will be aired on ANC on Friday from 8 to 9am. I'm wondering how I sound on television...

Decided to tag along as my J went to UP to get some documents from his college. Siyempre, got to eat Rodics... yum! Got a teaser of what enrollment must be like in UP -- from UP Shopping Center, we took the Ikot to Bahay ng Alumni hoping to get dessert from Chocolate Kiss (but it was packed). We walked to his college to get the request. Had to take a jeep back to the Shopping Center area because he needed to pay at the University Cashier. We had to take the jeep back to his college to file the request.

It's an interesting experience.

Met up with Gabs, Mase, M & P for dinner at Gateway. Fun, fun, fun group. Was planning to go home before 9 (to make it to the last LRT trip) but the company was so hard to leave. Conversation flowed. Lots of laughs. Ended up going home at 10ish. What a wonderful way to end the day. ^_^

* * *

Let's talk movies --

Total number of films I own on DVD/video:
Being one of five siblings, the collection is massive -- from VHS to Laser Discs to VCDs to DVDs (in various regions). Personally, I own just a few -- the thing I am most proud of having is the Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou boxed set. (A birthday gift from my beloved sister)

The last film I bought:
Eros, Aviator and Hotel Rwanda from Metrowalk.
The Incredibles Widescreen Two-Disc Collectors Edition from Amazon

Films that I watch a lot or mean a lot to me:
Breakfast at Tiffany's -- this is my ultimate feel-good movie. I watch this every chance I get. I love how flawed Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard's characters are. I love it when Holly Golightly says "I don't want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I'm not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It's like Tiffany's."

Come Live With Me -- the first James Stewart movie I ever saw and fell in love with. This is the movie that inspires me to write. This is the movie that sparked my interest in old films and gave me one of my most memorable summers (looking for and watching old films with youngest bro in Iloilo) This is the movie that tells me that it is the sometimes the simplest things that create the greatest impact.

The Royal Tenenbaums -- (and all of Wes Anderson's films for that matter) Something about them lang talaga that makes me smile. ^_^ Movies that show me what it is to be human.

Amelie -- believe it or not, I only saw this movie last year and this is thanks to my J.

Chungking Express -- again, thanks to my J for introducing me to Wong Kar-Wai. The movie that started my love affair with this amazing director. Because the movie ends with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai saying "Wherever you want to take me."

To which 5 people am I passing the baton and why?
- my J -- I'm curious about what his 5 movies would be
- my bro (the one who keeps updates his online journal religiously)
Must Click --

Saint of Ideas

One of the quotes I love from the site:
"Doesn't everything die at last and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your
one wild and precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Food! Food! --

Prepared breakfast this morning and it was the usual Sunday fare of pancakes and hotdog -- decided to play with the pancake batter and made a funnel cake -- our housekeeper was amused with how the batter danced and formed into one unified mass --

I was pleased with how it looked and how crunchy it was -- I was worried that my sister wouldn't be happy having that for breakfast so I made regular pancakes as well.

At breakfast, she and my J paid more attention to the one funnel cake than to the stack of pancakes that I made.

We ate it with butter and maple syrup. (But I was so tempted to bring out the Hershey chocolate syrup...)

What is a funnel cake?

It's batter, similar to the one used for pancakes, that is poured through a funnel and fried in oil. It is usually served with powdered sugar. Apparently, it's a big thing in carnivals in the US. (Last tidbit is according to Unwrapped on Lifestyle Network.)

I didn't have a funnel so I used a ladle and just dribbled the batter into a pan with lots of oil.

I was a bit squeamish about all that oil (all our pans are non-stick and we try to avoid frying as much as possible) but the funnel cake turned out really nice and crisp.

For people wanting to make it from scratch, here's a highly-rated reciepe from Allrecipes.com

Funnel Cakes II
These are Pennsylvania Dutch cakes.
The batter is poured through a funnel into cooking oil and fried.
Makes 5 - 10 cakes (10 servings).

Printed from Allrecipes, Submitted by Sally

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
for dusting

1 In a mixing bowl, beat together egg and milk. Beat in
flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar, and white sugar
until smooth.
2 Heat about 1 inch cooking oil in frying pan to 375
degrees F (190 degrees C).
3 Pour 1/2 cup batter through funnel into oil with a
circular motion to form a spiral. Fry until lightly brown;
turn over to brown the other side. Cook to golden brown,
and remove to drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with
confectioner's sugar while still warm.

I just used the instant pancake mix that you find in the local grocery stores. ^_^

* * *

Today was also the day that I was going to have my bibingcrepe from Half Moon.

I had passed through this place several times already and was always intrigued to try it out.

It was only when Dessert First blogged about it (and posted pictures) that I convinced my sister to take me there.

We got there at around 5 this afternoon and we asked them what their specialty was. They recommended the cheese. We ordered cheese and choco peanut.

All I can say is yum.

They cook their bibingka differently because it develops this crust that serves to hold the filling inside the bibingka and as wonderful, wonderful texture.

Basta, napa-OHMYGOD ako.

My J wants to go back for the choco cheese and I want to try the Choco Banana Peanut.

Prices aren't so bad either -- a bibingcrepe is between PhP75 to PhP90 and 2 people can share in one order.
Wow --

I'm currently reading the novel adaptation of Star Wars Episode III, written by Matthew Stover.

The dark is generous.

It's first gift is concealment: our true faces lie in the dark beneath our skins, our true hearts remain shadowed deeper still. But the greatest concealment lies not in protecting our secret truths, but in hiding from us the truths of others.

The dark protects us from what we dare not know.

Its second gift is comforting illusion: the ease of gentle dreams in night's embrace, the beauty that imagination brings to what would repel in day's harsh light. But the greatest of its comforts is the illusion that the dark is temporary: that every night brings a new day. Because it is day that is temporary.

Day is the illusion.

Its third gift is the light itself: as days are defined by the infinite black through which they wheel, the dark embraces the light, and brings it forth from the center of its own self.

With each victory of the light, it is the dark that wins.

Ganda no? =^_^=

Saturday, May 21, 2005

New links! --

<-- Check out Dessert First -- she's Daily Musing's friend who writes about food. (Glorious food! ^_^)

And I want to go on one of his walking tours. Anyone else interested?

Friday, May 20, 2005

tin·tin·nab·u·la·tion --

When I was about 12, I decided to find out what my purpose was and what I meant in this world. I decided to look it up.

I started with a baby name book, but I could never find my name there -- my name the way I spelled it.

The way my real name is spelled has always caused me problems -- my parents would insist on returning cerificates of merits and diplomas if my name was missing the "h" --

In the baby name books, they would have all variations of my name, except for the one that starts with a "k" and is followed with an "h" -- so I would have to settle for the one with a "k" and no "h" -- but I never felt it was accurate. Something was missing. Something is missing.

So I decided to go with my nickname, which was also my Chinese name. Tintin -- the dictionary gave me "tintinnabulation" which meant the sound of ringing bells and there was also a disease "tinnitus" which is when you hear ringing in your ears. And I did hear ringing in my ears -- at 12, I thought -- "Wow! I really am a 'Tin'."

* * *

Sith Happens --

<-- I found this catchphrase in one of the t-shirt sites I visit.

My sister, my J and I had a plan --
1. We were going to splurge and purchase tickets for the Premiere Theater of Shangri-la.
2. We were watching the earliest show and the one that takes you straight through lunch.
3. We were watching on a weekday -- Thursday.

We did all this, hoping to avoid having to deal with annoying children and annoying crowds.

Imagine our surprise when we arrived at Shangri-la to find that the Premiere Theater was the only theater that sold out its seats for the first show of Star Wars.

Already my sister was concerned -- I told her, "No parent in his/her right mind would shell out PhP300 to have their children watch here when they can save money by going to the regular theater."

See me eat my words together with the unlimited popcorn.

Parents paraded in with yayas and 5/6-year olds in tow.

During the movie, these children did cause a mild disturbance and it took the parents a while to decide to drag them out of the theaters for the benefit of the rest of the audience.

Which leads me to this concern -- WHY IS THIS MOVIE RATED GP? It's rated PG-13 in the US.

I actually know the answer to the question = MONEY.

It annoys me how utterly random our Ratings Board gets -- it took them 2 months to deliberate on Kill Bill and it's taking them months to decide what to do with Sin City -- and these are movies that have a definite audience and came with a clear rating R.

I am also appalled at the thoughtlessness of parents who drag their children to movies that are not appropriate to their ages. I've always had this chip on my side -- it started when we watched the midnight show of Stigmata and parents dragged children in their f**king pajamas into the cinemas.

Of course we can say that parents know what their children can and cannot handle.

Of course we can say that some children are smarter than others.

Of course we can say that it's the parents prerogative how they want to educate their children.

Of course we can say that it doesn't really affect our children here in the Philippines.

If this is the case, then what is the point of a Ratings Board?

* * *

And about the movie --

I thought George Lucas ended it well. It isn't his best movie, but it wasn't as bad as the first two (which, honestly, I thought weren't that bad.) Part of what made the movie special for me is the realization that this is it. This is where it ends. It is a journey almost 30 years in the making -- and we were here to see it happen.

My biggest problem with Lucas is that he can't do romantic dialogue well. It was a cringefest everytime Anakin and Padme got together (and they got together a lot).

The discussion on our way home was whether we would let our children watch it from Episode 1 to 6 or to watch it in the order we did: Episodes 4 to 6 first and then flashback to Episodes 1 to 3.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Coming full circle --

Some of us are watching it tonight already --


I'm excited! Watching tomorrow at Shangri-la! Hurrah! ^_^

From Heart of the City

^_^ *click*

* * *

Oh, and about today --

Ended up watching Guess Who at Gateway. The seats are okay -- but the angle seems a bit off. We sat in row E and my neck hurts a bit -- I think best seats would be rows G & H.

Tried the Margarita Slush from Taco Bell -- it initially tasted like really tart/tangy green lemonade and then it got better after some time. I want a real margarita >_< I wish I knew how to mix one.

* * *

Exciting News! --

(thanks to Gabs)

On May 28, a class from Repertory Philippines will be presenting scenes from Avenue Q! It will be at Onstage in GB1 at 8pm and tickets are PhP200.

I'm so happy! I'll be in the area already so I can go watch it. >_<

See me burst with fruit flavor. ^_^
Toasty Tuesday --

I took 3 baths yesterday -- it was just so damned humid and I hate feeling sweaty and clammy.

My sister and I went to Shangri-la to purchase our tickets to Star Wars Episode 3 -- it gives us a chance to watch at the Premiere Theater (so expensive, but it will be worth it).

We stopped by National Bookstore because she wanted to get a copy of the novelization of the movie -- I found a copy of Philippine Post-Colonial Studies and Caroline Hau's latest book (*glee!* ... not) and I got another pack of acetates to make more stencils.

Spent the rest of the afternoon reading (thesis-related) books and watching The Aviator -- I understand why it won the Oscar.

Alton Brown featured Clams on Good Eats and now I want to make my own clam chowder. I also want to go to Soup Kitchen for a bowl of chowder and their brown bread.

It rained in the evening and the power was out from 6pm to 2am. Spent the early part of the evening reading John Irving's Gertrude and Claudius. It was short enough to finish in one sitting. It's a curious take on what happened behind the scenes in Hamlet. I got sleepy at 9 and one area of the house benefits from the building's generator so we trailed several extension cords up to our room so we can have a fan on while I slept.

I'm glad that it rained --

I'm already thinking of registering for emergency lights and battery-powered/rechargeable fans (if there is such a thing).

Speaking of registries -- Powerbooks offers a bridal registry. O_o

* * *

I've never been to one --

News about Fete de la Musique 2005

It's going to be held in El Pueblo, Ortigas -- I might be able to go to this one. ^_^

* * *

Today --

The English dept called yesterday asking me to come in to sign my appointment papers. It's official -- I'm teaching this first sem! Hurrah! I think they're giving me 9 units, so I am really happy for that.

I'm going there this morning. (Eager Beaver ^_^)

Then I'm meeting my hunny and we're off to Gateway to watch *koff* Bikini Open -- a pinoy mockumentary. I think we're also going to explore Marikina Shoe Expo. ^_^

I want to be home by 2 so I can watch American Idol. They're singing 3 songs daw -- The judges choose 1, the producer chooses 1 and they choose the last. Am excited! =^_^=

Monday, May 16, 2005

Odd, odd mix --

This is me -- (notice how I am both Post-Modernist and Romantic and Idealist is so, so close behind ^_^)

You scored as Postmodernist. Postmodernism is the belief in complete open interpretation. You see the universe as a collection of information with varying ways of putting it together. There is no absolute truth for you; even the most hardened facts are open to interpretation. Meaning relies on context and even the language you use to describe things should be subject to analysis.









Cultural Creative








What is Your World View?
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Sunday, May 15, 2005

For my creative friends out there --

Enter a t-shirt design in this competition and, if you win, it gets printed and sold. Fun, fun designs ^_^

Threadless T-shirts

The contest

Saturday, May 14, 2005

I am really happy about this one --

Made the stencil this morning -- hurrah!

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Screenprinting Goodness Part 2 --

This is for E --

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This is for his C --

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And I made the stencils for this while watching American Idol --

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As you can see, I reused a stencil -- I love that design and I'm really glad to have found it. ^_^

I will be doing more original pieces, though and I've asked my brother to help me with the designs (because I don't have to pay him for royalties and whatnot ^_^)

Friday, May 13, 2005

Today --

Just came back from a friend's dinner in Alabang.

In her e-mail invitation, she mentioned that it was a thanksgiving dinner and she just wanted to spend an evening with her friends.

What was strange was people came bearing gifts and greeting her "happy birthday" -- I got her something also -- I know it's not her birthday, but what does one say in the card? What we decided to write was "We're happy that you're happy."

And I am -- really, really happy for her. She deserves to be happy and I'm glad that she is. She came down to greet her guests in a bright yellow top -- an apt color for the evening.

We had a great dinner and conversation with people and then it was time for her to speak. She spoke of all the things that she's achieved and how grateful she is to have been given a chance to do them.

As she spoke, I was in awe of the glow that emanated from her -- my friend was really, really happy and I couldn't help but be emotional (in a good way) over it.

When she spoke, I remembered why I was friends with her (we both wanted to be teachers; we share the same level of faith, etc.) and I remembered all my plans and dreams as well.

There are some that I haven't done yet and some that I have --

One of the greatest, most satisfying things in my life is that I am a teacher -- the work is demanding and tedious and stressful -- but it is home. Last semester, I had some friends complaining about their circumstances and I really couldn't relate because I was finally given my dream job.

Seriously -- my ultimate dream in life was to teach in Ateneo. During the first semester, I thought I had reached the peak of that realization ... and then they gave me literature during the second semester. Wow -- heaven. ^_^

Of the things I haven't done yet is to share myself with others through volunteer work -- I really took it seriously when Ateneo said that I should be a person for others -- and I want to be.

But I haven't yet --

Part of me despairs because of the many missed opportunities, but part of me is reassured that there is still time for me to do all that.

Here's to you, my dear dear friend -- you never fail to inspire and move me.

* * *

Edna St. Vincent Millay --

I wrote about her long, long ago about some of her poems that I liked.

I am delighted to discover a few more --

Dirge Without Music

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.


Sonnets 04: Only Until This Cigarette Is Ended

Only until this cigarette is ended,
A little moment at the end of all,
While on the floor the quiet ashes fall,
And in the firelight to a lance extended,
Bizarrely with the jazzing music blended,
The broken shadow dances on the wall,
I will permit my memory to recall
The vision of you, by all my dreams attended.
And then adieu,—farewell!—the dream is done.
Yours is a face of which I can forget
The color and the features, every one,
The words not ever, and the smiles not yet;
But in your day this moment is the sun
Upon a hill, after the sun has set.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Screenprinting Goodness! --

My friend CDy is having an exhibit starting Saturday at Store for All Seasons somewhere in Shaw.

All the artwork for the show was silkscreened! Hurrah!

"wearing my heart on my sleeve"
christina dy at store for all seasons
opening may 14, saturday, 4-8 pm

drawings of a naked man are silkscreened by the artist into girly
patterns on yards of fabric.

just like in a fabric store, merchandise is sold on a per yard basis.
go get yourself a yard (or half, or 2). then have fun-- cut or sew it
anyway you like.

then you, too, could be wearing your heart-- or in this case, his face
or his ass-- on your sleeve.

Invite is a click away. *click*

* * *

Conversation with Gabs --

Me: How goes Davao?
G: Bored.
Me: Mag-silk screen ka.
G: Sagot mo ba yan sa lahat?
Me: Yes.

For people interested in learning, this is a really useful site: *click*

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If anyone's looking for a place in Katipunan --

My cubiclemate Larry is looking for a flatmate. Leave me a message sa comment box na lang and I can give you his number.

The place is along Esteban Abada, near Rustan's Fresh.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Because I am vain --

I like how I look in this picture -- my friend CD took this last Saturday when they went to have their fitting for my big day. ^_^

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Hurrah! --

Got an email from the English Dept today informing me that they will be giving me a teaching load for the 1st semester.

I'm really excited -- the department went through a program review last school year so I'm curious about the changes that will be implemented this sem.

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Idol Goodness --

I found this website that has AI episodes for download.

Bo Bice singing "I Don't Want to Be" -- Yay!

Friday, May 06, 2005

Fryday --

It was so effing hot today! And we had so many errands! >_<

1. Meet with our interior designer in her office in Reposo
Her name is Nina Santamaria and she was my J's orgmate in college. Her office is in the LRI building in Reposo. My golly! It's a wonderful place to be in! It's a building that houses interior designers, furniture shops and art galleries! It was a good thing my J and I arrived early, we had a fun time going around and checking out the furniture and other stuff.

Nina was being interviewed by ANC so we had to wait a bit before we got to sit down with her. The people from ANC approached us and asked if they could interview us -- we said yes. (We'll be on ANC -- I don't know when. IF you do happen to catch the show, ignore the ginormous pimple on my forehead and the sweat on the rest of me. ^_^) It was fun (and we got to advertise Nina ^_^)

We finally got to sit down with her and she showed us two concepts she has in mind for the space. It was like being on Knock First (show on ETC) -- she showed us some paint swatches and took note of which ones we responded to. After the meeting, we went around the place and we pointed out the pieces of furniture which we liked.

2. Meet with Coordinator in Greenbelt
3. Meet with our Invitation Maker
It's "Araw ng Makati" ("Makati Day" sounds off) and they closed off Ayala Avenue -- my J and I had to walk from the edge of Ayala Avenue to Greenbelt. It was so hot! Thank goodness for the covered walkway that links most of the Central Business District. It was a long, long walk but my J and I kept ourselves entertained by talking about the design of our place and about where we were going to have dinner. (This was at 430 in the afternoon. Yes, we love food.)

Our coordinator says my J and I are too organized. (I'm taking that to be a good thing. ^_^) We sat down to decide what music to play during the reception and what songs to play for our first dance (yihee~), grand entrance O_o and cake cutting.

Actually, our coordinator and invitation maker are neighbors so it was very easy to handle this part of the trip. We submitted the corrected invitation to our invitation maker (Her name is Jong and she runs Write Impression. She's my age.)

4. Pick up comics in Greenhills
My J and I took a cab to Greenhills. Poor cab driver, he forgot to set the meter on his cab. My J and I calculated that he lost about PhP20 so we added that to the fare he charged us.

We decided to have dinner in Greenhills and we ate in Won Ton. Lesson for the day: if the restaurant is named after a particular food/dish, try that (unless it's Chili's -- ooh, spicy!) -- the wonton in Won Ton was really, really yummy! (And the prices are okay. I had a bowl of beef and shrimp wonton noodle soup and my J tried their mixed congee. We ended up switching because my J wanted to slurp noodles and I wanted to put chili sauce into something -- and congee tastes really yummy with the chili sauce)

We ordered some fried shrimp puffs to take home to my sister and she really enjoyed it. ^_^

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So that's what that feels like --

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day --

When the store was open, this would be the highlight of the summer. FCBD was always a fun day for us because it brought friends and comic-book enthusiasts to the store. It was also a chance for us to get people to read new titles.

I was always on the giving end of FCBD -- and that was a wonderful feeling -- to give a stack of free comic books to people who came by.

Today, I was on the receiving end of such generosity. I was looking at the titles and the lady behind the counter just pulled out all the titles (4 - DC's The Batman Strikes, Marvel's Marvel Adventures, Betty and Veronica, Uncle Scrooge) and even gave us a copy of "The House of M". I felt such a rush, leaving the store with a bag of comic books that I got for free.

Fun, fun. ^_^

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More tidbits from IMDB --

- David Schwimmer dated Natalie Imbruglia O_o

- Matthew Lillard dated Neve Campbell (not so O_o)

- Before Ben Stiller married Christine Taylor, he was dating Jeanne Tripplehorn

- Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson, Lu and Chuckie Finster) is also the voice of the Arabian Prince in The Chipmunk Adventure (my favorite line: We are not amused. ^^), Kip Kangaroo in Shirt Tales and Gloria in Richie Rich

- Yogi Bear and Elroy Jetson were voiced by the same person - Daws Butler

Thursday, May 05, 2005

What happens when you spend the evening looking through IMDB.com --

You find out --
1. that Tim Burton is engaged to Helena Bonham Carter and that they have a child.
2. there is a movie about the Darwin Awards O_o
3. that Kenneth Branagh dated Alicia Silverstone (and that Kenneth Branagh married a woman his former girlfriend Helena Bonham Carter introduced to him)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Peanut-Butter Wednesdays! --

Everything good happens on a Wednesday --

The morning started out a bit sketchy with the phone ringing before 9 and I had to answer it. (For people who don't know, mornings are sacred to me -- I like to be quiet and just gather myself for the day ahead. I don't talk except to ask for the newspaper.)

For the past few weeks, my sister and I have been besieged with errands -- annoying albeit necessary ones. We've been very diligent about attending to all of them.

Today, we decided to treat ourselves to a movie. The first show for Kingdom of Heaven at Podium was at 1120 and we were determined to watch it. The plan nearly got derailed with another phone call telling us to wait for important documents to be sent over.

We managed to leave the house at 1020 but encountered massive traffic along Ortigas, near LSGH. We got to Podium at 5 minutes to 11 and were the first (and only) people in line for the movie.

Got good seats and popcorn. Sat through an amazing, amazing movie. Had a wonderful lunch at China Star (they have a really great deal on meals from 2pm to 6pm -- PhP99 for a plateful of yum -- in my case, a bowl-full of yum! ^_^)

My sister and my J were patient enough to let me go inside Just G -- one of my favorite clothing stores. I have my eye on a skirt there. Will probably get it this weekend when I have more time. ^_^

I'm glad today happened. ^_^

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On Kingdom of Heaven --

I loved it! It's 2 hours++ but you won't feel the time -- it's a wonderful story and a very compelling cast. Orlando Bloom was amazing! (This is definitely the movie that legitimizes him as a serious actor.)

The most interesting aspect of the movie is that it is an honest and unapologetic commentary on the state of religion in the world. It is sad that what happened during the Crusades, almost a thousand years ago, still happens today. The writer was careful in how he dealt with all sides of the story -- that of the Christian, the Jew and the Muslim. I thought it was a fair representation of the Crusades.

Lots of memorable lines. Lots of memorable scenes.

Am looking forward to the DVD ^_^ -- (according to rumors, the DVD will be 195 minutes O_o = 3 hours++)

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This is interesting --

One man's What If?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Hmmm --

Your #1 Match: INFJ

The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.
Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision - no matter what it is.
You are an excellent listener, with almost infinite patience.
You have complex, deep feelings, and you take great care to express them.

You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

Your #2 Match: ISFJ

The Nurturer

You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal.
A good listener, you excell at helping others in practical ways.
In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.
You find it easy to be devoted to one person, who you do special things for.

You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

Your #3 Match: INFP

The Idealist

You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.

You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.

Monday, May 02, 2005

On Wednesday --

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We've narrowed our choice of cinemas to two places: Podium and Power Plant -- I hope we go to Power Plant -- Caramel Popcorn ... yum!

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What's been keeping me occupied --

A nifty old game called Rise of Nations. My hand went numb kanina. XP

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In T-shirt design news --

I wanna make a shirt with this design.

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More Garden State Goodness --

Was listening to the Garden State OST this morning -- it really is beautiful. ^_^

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Reconstruction --

Redoing all of my notes for the thesis. Not a fun thing to do, but it forces me to look at the data from a different perspective (older but, unfortunately, not wiser) and it's giving me ideas on how to proceed with the damned chapters.

I've also asked my sibs and my J to motivate (read: force) me to work on it.

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Huling Hirit --

For my J -- (I love you!)

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<-- image is the cover art by Becky Cloonan of Demo #12 (written by Brian Wood)

Demo is an amazing series -- go buy the trade when it comes out. ^_^

Sunday, May 01, 2005

*bleep!* --

If you can't think of anything appropriate to say you will please restrict your remarks to the weather. - Sense and Sensibility (the movie)

I actually have a lot that I want to say, but I find that I must censor my thoughts and resolve them quietly and internally.

I'd want to write a reply to all those people who seem to think I'm not capable of making rational decisions.

(I am, by the way.)

I'd want to write a diatribe about how certain people just can't seem to let go and live with the decisions they made.


But I won't.

Instead, I will say:

It's been very hot and I hate sweating.

My J and I watched the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and now I'm craving chocolates.