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Testing my app

Saturday, 5 May 12

I couldn’t access my blog on my laptop so I’m checking if I could do it via my iPhone.

Hope this works!

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Wednesday, 24 March 10

Dream a little dream of me

Wednesday, 24 March 10

DRAFT: “Dream a Little Dream of Me”

INT. ROCKWELL MALL, MAKATI CITY – NIGHT

“Revelations: the 3rd Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards”

STEPH moves towards Neil.

STEPH
Hi, Neil!

NEIL turns and smiles warmly at Steph.

NEIL
Hi there! How are you?

STEPH
I am good now that I’m here. How are YOU?

NEIL
I’m good, good, tired, but good.

Neil turns and gets Steph’s comic books. Steph wants to keep the conversation going.

STEPH
Thank you for coming here… blah, blah, blah…

Neil notices that he is holding a copy of Sandaman #1 (The Sleep of the Just) and Sandman Special #1 (“Fables & Reflections – The Song of Orpheus”). Smiles.

NEIL
Are these yours, Stephanie?

Steph, a bit disoriented, thinking—He knows my name?!? Did I introduce myself?—and quickly realized that she wrote her name down (along with the lines that she wanted him to write on her books) on a piece of paper and handed it to one of Neil’s assistants before going up the stage. She wrote down “Steph”, though, and not her full name.

STEPH
Yes!

Neil turns away and starts signing Sandman #1. He dots the eyes of the man on the cover.

STEPH
I got that one when I was 18 (Thought bubble: WRONG. I was 17 going on 18)

Neil chuckles.

NEIL
That was a long way away…

He turns to Steph and grabs at his curls…

NEIL
My hair wasn’t gray back then.

They both laugh, Steph tries not to faint, and Neil goes back to signing the comic books. Steph leans closer (Thought bubble: he’s holding my comic books! MY comic books!). Tries not to drool.

STEPH
Blah, blah, blah. Mutter, mutter.

Neil finishes signing the books.

STEPH
I have something for you.

Neil turns and smiles.

NEIL
Oooohhh… what is it?

Steph hands him a small envelope.

STEPH
It’s… It’s just a… I made you a thank you card… for inspiring me to create. (Thought bubble: CRAP, CRAP, CRAP. Do not get emotional! Do NOT tell him that you’ve always thought of him as your Godfather for creativity. CRAP)

Neil smiles, gets halfway off his seat, plants a kiss on Steph’s cheek and hugs her.

NEIL
Thank you. Steph, you are so sweet. Thank you very much.

Steph is a bit dazed.

STEPH
Thank YOU. Bye.

Steph grabs her comic books and Neil thanks her again.

STEPH
Buen viaje. (Thought bubble: What’s “Buen viaje” in English again? What is it? He didn’t understand you!!! DANG.)

Neil smiles, turns and grabs the next batch of books to sign. Person #275 steps in and introduces herself to Neil. Steph exits clutching her comic books close to her heart.

(Thursday, 18 March 2010, Manila)

Confessions of a lapse blogger

Wednesday, 10 September 08

It has been 88 days since my last entry. I am sorry for the days that I have been absent from cyberspace (or at least this particular bit in cyberspace). I detest all my virtual, pixelated sins, but most of all for being with “another.” I have been frequenting other websites and have cultivated an addiction to this nefarious place called “Facebook.” Instead of posting my thoughts and photos here, I have given in to the temptation of Super Poking, to bartering online friends, to rating the hotness of others, to being a frequent status updater, and committing constant comment spamming. I profoundly apologize for these infractions and I firmly resolve, with utmost sincerity, to make up for lost time and do penance and amend my life as a wordpress blogger. Amen.

Procrastination becomes her

Wednesday, 21 May 08

I am having one of my monumental artist blocks and panic attacks, so I am going to indulge myself a bit and give in to a little procrastination. Hey, most of my best works come out when I get lost in nonsense and let the creativity thing kick in in my head. Madness, madness, madness…

My friend Tiffany tagged me a while back (via email) and asked me to write “10 things about me you didn’t know” and set the following rules:

– Each blogger must post these rules first.
– Each blogger starts with 10 random facts/habits about themselves.
– Bloggers who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their 10 things and post these rules.
– At the end of your blog, you need to choose 10 people to get tagged and list their names.
– Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog

Sounds easy enough… Here it goes:

1) I found comfort in cold ears when I was young. I used to stick mine right next to the air-conditioning vents and would wait till they were at the point of freezing and falling off. Then I would lie down and touch my ears until I would fall asleep. Good luck trying to psychoanalyze that!

2) I was born yellow. Yes, as in jaundiced, and stayed that way for weeks.

3) I was a preemie (which explains number 2). I was supposed to be a Virgo or Libra, but considering how stubborn and determined and hot-headed I was, I forced myself out of my mother’s womb and came out a true-blue Leo.

4) I burst into tears when I read that they shaved off Aslan’s fur. Not the hair, not the hair… I was 7 (I think).

5) I used to put a flashlight against my right eye and turn it on. I loved staring at the light bulb up close. That explains the glasses.

6) I saw the Lion King (the musical) in Dutch in 2004. Thank God I saw the movie.

7) Speaking of which, I was carrying a Lion King toy from McDonald’s when I was mugged in Madrid. I passed out for about 5 seconds and found myself lying on the ground looking straight into Simba’s beady eyes. I was overcome with anger, got up, grabbed my stuffed lion, and ran after my attacker.

8) I wasn’t allowed to drink soda or eat anything sour when I was a kid. I was extremely acidic.

9) I was confined in the hospital for mumps when Mount Pinatubo erupted.

10) I used to get tanned (toasted, more like it) during school fairs from riding the Octopus all day. I am not afraid of heights or whiplash.

I don’t always follow the rules so I am not tagging anyone (and this could be considered as item number 11). I’ll just leave this open for anyone who would like to spill and share 10 things about themselves. Go ahead… Knock yourselves out.

PS. Gossip Girl episode 18 has finally finished downloading. Procrastination rules!

Passion

Friday, 8 February 08

Passion.
It lies in all of us.
Sleeping,
waiting,
and though unwanted,
unbidden.
it will stir,
open its jaws, and howl.

It speaks to us,
guides us.
Passion rules us all.
And we obey.
What other choice do we have?

Passion is the source of our finest moments.
The joy of love,
the clarity of hatred,
and the ecstasy of grief.

It hurts sometimes more than we can bear.
If we could live without passion,
maybe we’d know some kind of peace.
But we would be hollow.
Empty rooms, shuttered and dank,
without passion, we’d be truly dead.

–Angelus narrates
“Passion”
Season 2—Episode 17
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I just saw a rerun of “Passion” on AXN Beyond, which, for me, was probably one of the best and beautifully written episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer of all time. At least it’s in my top 10 best. Creator Joss Whedon broke the mold right here. The series up to this point was already inimitable, exciting, and remarkable, but this turned the whole thing around and set a different tone to the show and pushed it on to the right road to becoming a cult favorite and classic.

I personally liked this episode because it reflected the passion and drive the creators had for the series. They gambled and pushed the limits that existed for TV shows during that time. They meant business. They were not afraid to go deep into the murky recesses of their minds and bring us along for the ride. They were ruthless and cold and had no qualms about killing a character to fortify a storyline. No one was safe. Buffy was not just another teenage angst ridden, campy fantasy series; it made you think, feel, and see things differently. It was more real to me than any other show that was being aired during that era–even if I was not a vampire or a Slayer or part of some Scoobydoo gang (Although I wanted to be a blood-sucking, night crawling creature! heh).

“If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank, without passion, we’d be truly dead.”

Would you like to lead a life without passion and not experience the risks, joys, follies, madness, exhilaration that come with it? I think not. I might as well be dead.

Guilty!

Friday, 8 February 08

Are you on Facebook? And is it ruining your life? Then you should read this article on the Daily Mail.

Time to wean myself off that @#%* site!!!

New Look

Saturday, 10 November 07

I feel change in the air. I’m taking it as a sign to shake things up a bit, to do something new–like revamp my blog’s look. It’s about time anyway. I celebrated my 2nd birthday as a webnaut about 2 weeks ago. I moved Disturbing the Universe on All Hollows Eve last year. I was planning to do something with the design for this year’s anniversary, but I haven’t really had the time to sit down and think about it.

*Sigh* … I still cannot decide whether I want to completely change the layout, ditch Kubric, and go for something else. Hmmm… maybe next month. A new header will have to do for now.

Decisions, decisions. Am taking this thing waaaay too seriously. Heh.

Brain Drain

Monday, 29 October 07

Sam the Reaper (front) working with his posse

Ahh… television. I gave it up last year. It was eating up my time and my brain so I decided to bin my TV and do something productive with my life. It wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined it would be; after a while I stopped missing my erstwhile daily companions—the Discovery Channel, BBC, Star World, and the Cartoon Network. It did wonders to my creativity, I must say. I had more time to read, write, draw… The static was gone and I was beginning to think clearly again.

Then I discovered torrents. Dangerous, dangerous, I thought at first. It made me yearn for my old friends–to see ALL of them–but then I realized that it offered me a choice, it gave me some sense of control over my… ehrm… addiction. I could choose which ones to see and which ones to ignore, plus, when and where to see them. It was a good compromise, I said. At least I was going to learn some discipline! Better than starving my senses to death. So I revved up my Azureus and never looked back.

A month or so has passed since the latest season started. I’ve made a promise to myself to only download a maximum of ten shows and then maybe get rid of 3 or 4 after the Christmas break. Hey, I don’t want to fall off the bandwagon and give into sloth again. It’s too early to tell which ones will remain in my hard drive and which ones will be unceremoniously dumped in the recycle bin at the end of the year. So far, here’s a list of what’s been catching my eye:

My guilty pleasure for this season: the CW. Veronica Mars may be gone, but this channel still rules. The shows: Reaper (It’s idiotic and I love every minute of it! It had me when Sam The Reaper whipped out the Dirt Devil vacuum. Kevin Smith directed the pilot. Silliness rocks, dude. This is a good candidate to become Buffy’s successor.), Gossip Girl (It’s Dynasty for the postmodern teenager. Love the cat fights.), and Supernatural (Three years and I still love it–exorcisms, existential angst, classic mullet hair rock and roll music, a cool car, and—let’s not forget—eye candy.). Another great thing about the network: their website. You can watch an episode of Gossip Girl, go to the Style Section, and order what Blair was wearing at the slumber party or something. HAH! It appeals to the greedy consumer in me. Heh, I know. PATHETIC.

True love: HOUSE (I need Hugh) and Battlestar Galactica (I’m a scifi freak. I’m downloading old episodes).

On probation: Heroes (I’m still not over the stupid first season ending and I am getting bored and annoyed with the Claire-centric storyline. I’m glad Kristin Bell is on board–she was ok during her debut scenes–but I want more. Maybe I’m picking on it because I’ve read so much comic books in my lifetime or I have undiagnosed ADD, but, please, enough with the gimmicks and beef up your story! I found it predictable in the first season, but I overlooked it, and now? Tsk, tsk. I might say Bye-Bye to this one soon. Or just borrow the DVD from someone and save on precious disk space); Bionic Woman (The steroid user sister of Alias. Where’s the tenenenenen bionic sound effect? The lead needs a shot of personality!); Journeyman (I miss Rome. It reminds me of that book, The Time Traveler’s Wife.), Flash Gordon (Steph the Geek misses Star Trek. It’s so campy [read: low budget] and absurd, though, so it might move up to “True Love” status. It’s the epitome of Nonsense.).

Queued: I like Weeds and Brothers and Sisters, but I haven’t seen the new episodes yet. I am also waiting for The Tudors to return, if it is returning at all. I want to see more of Jonathan!

So there. My “cheese puffs.” You people out there probably think that I have the lamest and most pitiable taste in the world when it comes to TV. That could be true, but I see television and these shows as a place to escape and NOT think, so why not go all the way and indulge in total nonsense and the absurd? I get the serious stuff in real life anyway, right? :)

Hilarious Halloween

Tuesday, 23 October 07

I got this from a friend today:

Neptune Man

“In classical mythology, Neptune is one of the mightiest Gods, second only to Zeus in power. In Germany, he’s a skinny, lime-green Santa Claus.”

To see more, read this article: The 30 Most Unsettling German Halloween Costumes.