Tuesday, January 29, 2008

There and Back Again

I can't believe I'm sick again!

To think I just got over that nasty bug that's been doing the rounds lately to boot. Friends have been suggesting that my immune system has probably taken a nose dive and that a good long vacation should set everything right.

I remember feeling the same way towards the last quarter of 2007 which prompted me to take a three day vacation in Davao after getting back from my trip to South Korea. Another such vacation sounds really good right about now. I'm thinking somewhere closer this time, maybe Baguio.

As soon as I get back on my feet again that is...

Monday, January 28, 2008

First Komikero Meeting for 2008

We had the first Komikero meeting for the year 2008 yesterday. In attendance was the usual bunch of suspects (i.e. Gerry, Ed, Johnny, and myself).

The order of the day was to go traditional and draw something on paper.

So, no digital cameras which has become a common sight during Komikero meetings as most of the Komikeros now had cameras in varying states of sophistication.

Gerry used pen and ink, Ed was doing water colors, Johnny was creating something using poster colors, and I was using pencils.

Man, I had no idea how rusty I was until I tried to draw something.

In the end all I managed to draw was...a wall. Jeez! I'd like to think that it was partly because I wasn't feeling really well so I was not at 100% but the truth of the matter is that I am horribly out of practice. Thinking back, I can't even remember when was the last time I actually drew something really noteworthy.

This is something that I must rectify ASAP!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Kids Born in the 50s, 60s, and 70s!

Just one of those things I get in my inbox. Dedicated to the children who were born during the 50s, 60s, and the 70s (I was born in 1975 myself). Enjoy!
First, some of us survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us (sioktong ang inumin).

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, fish from a can (brand: ligo), and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints, pati na yung laruang kabayo-kabayohan.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads, sometimes wala ngang preno yung bisikleta.

As children, we would ride in car with no seat belts or air bags. Hanggang ngayon naman, 'di ba (jeep)?

Riding in the back of a pick-up on a warm day was always a special treat (may kaya kayo pare!).

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle (minsan straight from the faucet).

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and NO ONE actually died from this. Or contacted hepatitis.

We ate rice with tinunaw na purico (dahil ubos na ang star margarine), nutribuns na galing kay Macoy and drank sopdrinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight kasi nga...

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. Sarap mag patintero, tumbang preso ,habulan, at taguan.

No one was able to reach us all day ('di uso ang celfone) and we were OK.

We would spend hours building our trolleys or slides out of scraps and then ride down the street, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-Boxes, no 99 channels on cable, no DVDs, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet...WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents . The only ribbing we get is from our friends with the wordrds "masakit ba?" pero pag galit yung kalaro mo ang sasabihin sa iyo "beh buti nga"!

We play in the dirt, wash our hands a little, and ate with our bare hands. We were not afraid of getting worms in our stomachs.

We have to live with homemade guns na gawa sa kahoy, tinali ng rubberband, sumpit, tirador, at kung ano ano pa na puedeng makasakit...pero walang nagrereklamo.

Made up games with sticks (syatong) and cans (tumbang preso) and although we were told it would happen, wala naman tayong binulag o napatay. Paminsan-minsan may nabubukulan.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mini basketball teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Walang sumasama ang loob.

Ang magulang ay nandoon lang para tignan kung ayos lang ang bata. Hindi para makialam.

This generation of ours has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and managers ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And YOU are one of them!

CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids in the 50s, 60s, and 70s before the government regulated our lives for our own good...and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Foo Fighters

It seems that music keeps me relatively sane these days because here I go again doing a blog post about the sounds I'm listening to as I go about my day-to-day stuff.

One of the groups that's in heavy rotation on my player right now is Foo Fighters.

I love their music especially their early wacky music videos. Did a bit of research on the guys in the band and it seems that they also have a blog going. Check it out here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Want to be in a Reality Show?

Del Monte Fit 'N Right and ABS-CBN is looking for slightly off-weight males and females 18-29 years old to cast for their latest reality show, "Got 2B Fit!".

Auditions will be held at the following dates and venues:

Jan. 25-26: SM North Activity Center (Foodcourt)
Feb. 2-3: SM Cebu Atrium
Feb. 2-3: SM Davao Entertainment Center

Just bring a valid ID, 3R full body pic and 3-Fit 'N Right bottles.

Winners shall be given P500,000 each (1 male and 1 female), an ABS-CBN Star Magic management contract, and a chance to be a Del Monte Fit 'N Right brand ambassador.

For queries, call 480-6550 or email got2bfitchallenge (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Gerry's Birthday Bash

Friends from both the comic book and non-comic book world gather to celebrate Gerry Alanguilan's 40th birthday.

The usual suspects from the Komikero Gang included Edgar Tadeo (with Anne in tow), Henry Anima (with a brand spanking new Nikon D40), Rene Enriquez (with his rubber chicken keychain), Johnny Danganan (who gave anyone who'd let him a sample of his inner dance massage), Sara Macandili (who couldn't stop laughing at Johnny...who, in her defense, really is quite funny), Edjie (ano na nga bang epilyido mo ngayong may asawa ka na?), and myself.

It was also great seeing Christine Layusa, Ilyn's good friend, whom I haven't seen in ages! 'Day, nasa Makati na ako ngayon...puwede na tayo gumimik! It was also great seeing Leinil Yu and Noel Lim who I usually only see during events and the likes.

Gerry's parents were also very warm and accommodating. Salamat po sa masasarap na pagkain.

And to Gerry...if your birthday celebration was any indication, I'd say you're off to a good start!

Trying to Wind Down

One of the more chronic problems I seem to be encountering these days is the inability to relax (which is probably related to my problems trying to sleep).

One thing that seem to be helping me however is music.

Whenever I get too wound up or stressed, chances are you're going to hear Cynthia Alexander's Comfort in your Strangeness playing from my office. I have no idea why and how it does it but do it, it does...relaxing me, I mean.

So, on the off chance you happen to drop by my office and you hear the song on an extended loop on my player, it probably means it's a really difficult day for me.

Comfort in your Strangeness
Cynthia Alexander

Woke up this morning
I was staring at the ceiling cracks and roadmaps and landscapes and highways
I have seen
I have been to places far and deep in my mind only to find
Comfort in your strangeness
Of moving shadows when I call the wind by name
Rushing firewater in the dark of a cloud
I have seen
I have been to places far and deep in my mind only to find
Comfort in your strangeness
We are slaves to the crimes we commit in fits of passion we shame
We are nothing, we are nothing, we are nothing, we are nothing but the dust on your feet dying to be born again singing ether water fire singing earth singing air
I have seen
I have been to places far and deep in my mind only to find
Comfort in your strangeness
I have seen
I have been to places far and deep in my mind only to find
Comfort in your strangeness
We are slaves to the crimes we commit in fits of passion we shame
We are nothing, we are nothing, we are nothing, we are nothing but the dust on your feet dying to be born again singing ether water fire singing earth singing air
I have seen
I have been to places far and deep in my mind only to find
Comfort in your strangeness
I have seen
I have been to places far and deep in my mind only to find
Comfort in your strangeness

Sunday, January 20, 2008

You ROCK!

Gerry Alanguilan is one of the few that I call a close friend and, in a lot of ways, he has been a very influential part of my life.

Today is his birthday (Happy 40th Birthday, pare!) and this is my tribute to THE MAN!


Friday, January 18, 2008

Comfort in Your Strangeness

Finding those Metropop songs seems to have triggered a sudden longing for the music of my youth so, as you can imagine, YouTube and the Internet are two of my very best friends as of the moment.

Another particular song I found recently was this very beautiful and very haunting song by Cynthia Alexander, Comfort in Your Strangeness. Actually, this is a new mix but it still sounds damn good.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika

I had a sudden attack of nostalgia earlier.

I'm not exactly sure what brought it on but I suddenly had a craving for music...specifically, the ones that graced the Metropop Song Festival. According to Wikipedia "the Metropop Song Festival (Formerly Metro Manila Popular Song Festival) is an annual Philippine music festival which ran from 1977 to 1985".

You can check out the full article here.

Being online at the time, I decided to hop on over to YouTube and see what they have that was related to the much beloved competition. Sure enough, there were several gems that I haven't heard for quite sometime.

I share them now with you. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sleep Deprived

Nowadays, I seem to be getting less and less of sleep.

I hardly sleep more than two hours a night nowadays. I try to compensate by taking naps during the day.

I’m not an insomniac…at least, not before.

It’s just that my mind keeps running and running and it won’t let me catch some snooze.

The good thing about all this is at least I’m getting a lot of ideas for stories and future business ventures but still it would be nice to get a full night of sleep more regularly.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Recovering from a Cold

Seems that everyone is getting sick these days.

Caught the bug going around the studio and it was something.

Managed to attend an important meeting and do an important presentation before I finally succumbed. It took me a couple of days off to recover. Drank a lot of water and stayed in bed for the most part.

It's back to work come Monday.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Why Another Blog?

Considering the number of blogs I already have, I'm sure not more than a few people are asking, "why another one?"

Well, to be quite frank, I wanted a place where I can put the boring stuff.

All my other blogs/sites talks about my comic books, my businesses, and all the other things I am passionate about (projects, advocacies, women, etc.). It got to the point that it seemed inappropriate (at least to me) for me to post, say a silly meme, on any of the current blogs I have right now.

So, I find myself going back to the oldest blog I have.

Nothing really fancy here, mind you. Just tweaked the colors and added a new banner.

With that said, don't be surprised to find that some of the things I write here fall under the silly category, the inane genre, and generally don't make a whole lot of sense.

It's not meant to be.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Development Communication

“Whassat!?”

This is pretty much the reaction I get whenever I tell people what my course was back in college (which is BS Development Communication for those of you guys who missed this post’s title).

I usually try to give them a better idea by citing my areas of studies under DevCom, as we affectionately call it. I majored in Educational Communication, minor in Broadcast Communication, technical courses in Economics and Agricultural Economics, and sampled a bazillion subjects which included Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Psychology, Philosophy, and (my waterloo) Mathematics.

My General Education courses was an entirely different thing altogether.

Of course, by this time, the person I am talking to will probably get that I have no idea what my course is as well in which case said individual will move on to a more interesting topic of conversation (like the life cycle of snails).

It was only recently when I was researching about communication online and re-reading my old notes for a curriculum I’m developing when I chanced upon the term Development Communication in Wikipedia.

There, you can read about the extensive histories and theories behind my course (click here) but in a nutshell…
Development Communication, simply defined, is the use of communication to promote development. More specifically, it refers to the practice of systematically applying the processes, strategies, and principles of communication to bring about positive social change.”
Kewlness!

A Meme for UP Students

1. Student number?
93-secret

2. College?
CA nung panahon ko pero may sariling college na daw ang DevCom ngayon.

3. Ano ang course mo?
BS DevCom

4. Nag-shift ka ba o na-kickout?
Ang usapan naming ng nanay ko ay papayagan niya akong mag-shift sa fine arts after one semester. One semester later she says, “tuloy mo na ‘yan”. I’ve been had!

5. Saan ka kumuha ng UPCAT?
UPLB

6. Favorite GE subject?
SocSci 1, Pscyh 1, PI 100, Philo 1, and Eng 4.

7. Favorite PE?
Judo

8. Saan ka nag-aabang ng hot girl sa UP?
Sa SU.

9. Favorite prof(s)
Aladdin Cordero, Larry Mapolon, yung teacher ko sa PI 100 (I forgot his name), Ma’am Leslie (sensei ko sa Judo)

10. Pinaka-ayaw na GE subject.
Math. Hands down.

11. Kumuha ka ba ng Wed or Sat classes?
Wednesday classes.

12. Nakapag-field trip ka ba?
Several DevCom courses.

13. Naging CS ka na ba or US sa UP?
Neither.

14. Ano ang Org/Frat/Soro mo?
UPLB Jocks by default (kasi daw first generation DJ ako sa DZLB). I was with a volunteer corps for two years (NSOP-VC…mmmm, freshmen).

15. Saan ka tumatambay palagi?
SU (Student Union building)

16. Dorm, Boarding house, o Bahay?
Men’s Dorm for a month or so, uwian sa San Pablo for a semester, uwian sa Tanauan for another semester, then rented a room with a buddy for the rest of my stay in UP.

17. Kung walang UPCAT at malaya kang nakapili ng kurso mo sa UP, ano yun?
Fine Arts.

18. Sino ang pinaka-una mong nakilala sa UP?
Ate Shirley. Siya yung NSOP-VC na nag-assist sa akin nung registration day ko.

19. First play na napanood mo sa UP?
Isko’t Iska ay Registered na!

20. Name the 5 most conyo orgs in UP
ComArtsSoc, Thespians, Delta Lambda Sigma, Upsilon at yung sorority nila.

21. Name 5 of the coolest orgs/frats/soro in UP.
Umalohokan, UPLB Jocks, Jammers,

22. May frat/soro bang nag-recruit sa yo?
Tulisanes and Umalohokan did try several times per barbarian at heart ako eh.

23. Saan ka madalas mag-lunch?
Kung saan masarap at mura. Pag walang pera dun kami kumakain sa Langhap Sarap kasi libre yung lunch dahil pinsan nung buddy ko yung may-ari.

24. Masaya ba sa UP?
Best years of my life.

25. Nakasama ka na ba sa rally?
All the time.

26. Ilang beses ka bumoto sa Student Council
Each election ata.

27. Name at least 5 leftist groups in UP
Umalohokan, Tulisanes, LFS.

28. Pinangarap mo rin bang mag-laude nung freshman ka?
Nope.

29. Kanino ka pinaka-patay sa UP?
Bah! Girls!? Ha ha ha!

30. Kung di ka UP, anong school ka?
No idea. UP lang ang kinunan ko ng entrance exam.