Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hello Heartbreak

Now playing: Last Christmas (I gave you my heart)

Hey everyone! Settle down here by the fire with your hot chocolate because it's time for a (late) story about Christmas heartbreak. Yay! 

T'was the night before Christmas when young Ishashime 
met a cute young boy by the name of *beeep*
She made sure to act and talk with great care,
so she admired from a distance and tried not to stare.

She thought of him each time she laid down for bed,
and visions of him and her danced in her head.
Right then, she hoped he felt the same way,
but alas, it was quite too early to say.

So one day she took all the courage she could muster,
and indirectly told how for him her heart was a-flutter.
Everything happened so fast, and then with a flash,
just like that all Ishashime's hopes tumbled and crashed.

It became clear soon after that the answer was no,
and poor Ishashime was left all sad and all hollow.
She sniffled and sadly shed a solitary tear,
and hoped right then that she'd disappear.

Okay, so it didn't really happen exactly like that, but hey I like a bit of drama. So yeah, in a nutshell, that's what happened to me this December. It's a different kind of Christmas story, but hey, I have to tell it because aren't you all a bit tired of hearing about a fat old guy in a red suit squeezing down your chimney?


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Payapang Pasko, Puspos Ng Pag-Asa

The title of this post is this year's theme for our annual university lantern parade celebration. Roughly translated, it means A Peaceful Christmas, Full of Hope or something like that. Also, since we were this year's 3rd year batch, the job of fixing up our college's facade, making the actual lantern, and organizing the parade fell into our hands. We were divided up into committees, with each committee handling one part of the holiday celebrations. I fell into the Documentation committee, which meant I had to be where all the action was all day every day, with a camera in hand. Everyone may think that our committee had the easiest job, but I had to take a break once in a while too, since it was actually pretty tiring, taking pictures and videos of everything and randomly interviewing people, but it was definitely a lot of fun, and I got to see everything that was taking place, even occasionally lending a helping hand. It was awesome watching everyone work and do their parts diligently and happily. I watched new friendships form and old ones strengthened. I saw people having falling outs and making up. This was truly an unforgettable experience and I am glad that I got to document it all, both on camera and in my memories.

*sniffles* I think I may cry. Haha.

On to the pictures, eh?

This was our college's entry for the facade competition. We sadly did not win anything for this piece of work this year, but I know that our facade will always be the winner in our hearts. Cheesy, but true!

And this was our lantern entry this year. It's a little kid riding on a carabao holding a star-shaped lantern. We won second place this year for our lantern. Yaaaaay! 

It is worth noting that everything was made from recycled materials like plastic bottles, broken CDs, cardboard, plastic bags, etc. etc. The parade (wherein we had to push our lantern around the streets through traffic) was very awesome as well, granting our college the title of "Merriest Crowd". We were loud and proud and happy as we blew bubbles, cheered, chanted, crowd-waved and ran. All that was definitely something worth remembering.


Monday, December 19, 2011

College Christmas Party Post

So I mentioned that I cut my hair, but I offered no picture to substantiate my claim. To remedy this, here, a photo of me in the first few days with my now short hair:

Oh yay!

Anyway, the past few weeks have been hectic (yet super fun) at the university where I study since holiday celebrations have been going on before the anticipated winter break. One of these celebrations is our college christmas party, wherein everyone had to don cartoon character (or cartoon character themed) costumes. It was a lot of fun and everyone definitely came in their best get-ups. I was a bit disappointed though that only one very awesome person recognized who I dressed up as. Everyone else just went up to me and asked me who I was. When I answered, they still had that puzzled look on their faces and then a follow-up "who?" question. I was rather shocked to say the least, considering I thought the character I chose to dress up as was pretty well-known. (Hope any of you guys recognize me!) Oh well, the only upside to this was that no-one came dressed as the same character.

Yep, I went as Quailman (from Doug)! Unfortunately sans quaildog and underwear outside my shorts.

Here are more pictures from the event that I've grabbed from a friend's album with all the faces hidden for confidentiality purposes (and for an added creepy effect).

Cartoon mash-ups!

A pretty sweet Iron Man costume

One of my favorite costumes of the evening: Your favorite cartoon character in disguise!

Naturally, there were a lot more people in attendance, like the minions from Despicable Me, Johnny Bravo, Numbah 2 from The Kids Next Door, Sims characters, Mr. Bean, Minnie Mouse, Pocahontas, various anime characters I do not know, etc. etc.

All in all, it was a fun party. I actually enjoyed myself, and seems like everyone else did, too. Props to everyone who made an effort to make their costumes extra awesome. So have any of you guys (my lovely followers and readers) been to any costume parties lately? 

Up, up and away,

Saturday, December 17, 2011

First December Post

So to start this post off, here's a picture of a snowy road, something that I have yet to see in real life. Sad fact is sad.

Well, it's December, which means not only have I forgotten to make an official first blogversary post last November 25, but it's also winter break for most, if not all of us! So yay for that. So far the holidays have been off to a good start and I have a lot of posts planned for the coming days since a lot has happened in my nearly three week absence. Things like lantern parades, christmas parties, heartbreak (wink wink), etc. so I will definitely be sure to keep everyone updated.

As for now, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! :D


(New siggy since the New Year's coming up)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jinkies, darling!

So this will probably be my very last post for November, and I'm proud to say it's a happy one! After a month-long battle, I finally finished (and won) my first NaNoWriMo challenge! Proof, yo:

I never thought I'd make it, but I did! Yay!

I have to say though, the novel I started writing isn't actually finished/wrapped up yet story-wise despite me reaching the 50k word mark. I still have quite a long way to go before I end it, but it's been an interesting journey so far, and I just might finish it. Congratulations to everyone who have already won, and to those who are still struggling to reach the finish line, you guys can do it! Believe in yourselves! 

In other news, Christmas is coming up and preparations for our annual university lantern parade are under way, as well as preparations for Christmas parties, etc. etc. so all these, coupled with acads have left me understandably tired all the time, and I barely get to squeeze in enough time to sleep and write for NaNoWriMo, let alone write a blog post or visit your blogs. Gah! But now that I've finally won NaNo a day early, I hope I can finally get some rest and focus on more things.

Also, I got a haircut. My hair is now a lot shorter than it has ever been and is cut into a bob with side bangs. As a result, all my blocmates have been referring to me as either Velma from Scooby Doo or Edna Mode from The Incredibles. 
What the heck.

On the bright side though, I can go as either one for our animated cartoon-themed university Christmas party in December, even though I was initially dead set on going as the cute chubby little bumblebee from Adventure Time. 

"Do these stripes make me look fat?"

See ya later,

Monday, November 21, 2011

Jasper Needs More Lines (And Screen Time)

Well, we won 2nd runner up in the talent show I've mentioned! This is after only two days of practice and props making, so I guess we did pretty good. A bit of a disappointment, though since we were last year's Champion, but meh, you win some, you lose some, I guess. In reality, I am rather bitter since we didn't win this year. Kidding! I think the winners did an awesome job and we did our best, too.
Also, about that 5k marathon I talked about, my friends and I actually finished it. My entire body ached loads for days after, though, but it was fun and I'm still just amazed we all managed to finish, although I don't think any of us got close to the first person's finishing time. Haha.

In other news, a couple of friends and I watched Breaking Dawn Part 1 today. I think it was actually pretty okay. I want to see Part 2 already, though. The suspense is pretty intense. I haven't really read any of the books so I don't know if it stayed true to them. I did like the fact that Jacob cut to the chase and took off his shirt 30 seconds into the movie, though.

"Who cares if I rip up every single pair of pants I own, It's my black shirt I care about, so woohoo I am running in the rain half-naked!"

Don't worry, Jacob. I still vote for you and Bella and would have much rather preferred you and her having cute little puppy babies together. One thing I didn't like, though was Jasper having a total of two/three lines (I think) in the movie, most notably his smooth delivery of.. "Possibly". Whyyyyy? I just really want a whole film with Jasper and Alice as the leads. They are too cute!

Alice is so pretty, and Jasper...well, he's stiff as a board, as usual. This time with ugly hair, though, but still pretty cute!

Laughs all around from us as we watched the bed breaking scene and the cesarean birth wherein Edward just goes at it with his teeth and Jacob is all "wtf!" and "keep your heart beating!". Baby Renesmee Carlie, completely ridiculous name aside, looked really creepy, though. Equally creepy was Edward's penchant for appearing out of nowhere suddenly. Kind of like this creepy Watson glitch in this Sherlock Holmes game:

"Elementary, my dear Wa- Hey, where'd you go? I..OH SWEET HEAVENS. How did you get over there, Watson?"

As was Bella spending half of the movie getting Edward to make love to her again after their first encounter which ended in her covered in feathers afterwards since Edward just loves ravaging pillows. And do I need to mention how Jacob's "imprinting" on the newborn baby girl (and I mean fall in love with her right then and there) is really very pedophile-ish? Ah well, the soundtrack in the Breaking Dawn film was pretty amazing, anyway. So, yeah. I just realized how nice and forgiving I was in this "review". Yay?

Catch you guys later,

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cute Bunnies + Extra Shizz

Ah, Blogger, we meet again!

It's been a bit of a hectic past week and school hasn't even started then. My mother arrived last week by plane to fix things up around the house we've newly acquired. It was also nice to have her around for a while, after we've been separated by time zones, since she and my dad both work abroad. Anyway, she left again to go back earlier today and the first day of classes for this semester began today, too (boo on both counts).

But as for the good news, remember that rather random post I made a while back? If you don't, well, I basically talked about how I wanted to have a bunny and now I do! Two of them (male and female), in fact and those who commented on that random post weren't kidding. They are definitely a lot of hard work and seriously poop like ten times their body weight in a day! What! (Although I may be exaggerating just a tiny bit). But awwww, these guys are seriously too cute to resist and I love them already! On to the pictures (this wasn't easy since they were both very lively and kept jumping around the place or dashing around madly):

This is the lady bunny I've named Cinnabon. She's a sweetie-pie, a bit shy but warms up to you ultimately. She likes sitting on my lap and me petting her little head. However, she seems to perpetually be hungry, despite me feeding them a good amount of pellets and greens. She's always found nomming on carpets, shoelaces, even my shorts. Here she is on a snack break from chewing on the welcome mat outside the main door of the house.

This is Pippin, named after Peregrin Took the hobbit from LOTR. This picture does him no justice at all, since he just looks really pissed off. Normally, he's actually very active and just loves to move all the time. He's small and cheeky and gets into trouble a lot, squeezing himself into small spaces and knocking down stuff. 

Aaaand, a picture to show just how hard it is to get them to stay still for a cute picture. Here they are charging at me, trying to either eat the camera or jump over it. 

All in all, they've both been great furry additions to the household. In other news, I've started lagging behind when it comes to NaNoWriMo, not reaching my quota of 2k words a day anymore. I try and make up for it, but it's hard since the days (and words you have to write) just keep piling up. I hope I can make it to the end.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is to be a hectic day for me since I've joined a run for a cause (EmpoweRun), which aims to raise money for a rehab ward and training center. This is important for me since I'm actually involved in the rehabilitation science field. I don't know exactly how I'll do tomorrow, though since I've done nearly zero training for this 5k marathon. 

Also, after that, my fellow blocmates and I have decided to meet up and practice and make props for our annual college talent show on Thursday. So basically, tomorrow and the whole week to come is going to be really busy. You guys take care!

Over and out,

Friday, November 4, 2011

My Two Cents On The Thing (2011)

As of today (where I am) it is the fourth of November and so far, I've jotted down approximately 7,400 words for the NaNoWriMo challenge, which is a pretty safe number at this point. Thanks to everyone who wished me well in my last post and made awesomely helpful suggestions. I knew I could count on you guys. So yeah, big bear hugs for everyone! As for everyone else participating in this with me, more power to us!

In other news, I got to watch The Thing (2011) today, which is actually a (spoiler) prequel of John Carpenter's 1982 one. I liked how the film chose to portray the events that had played out before Kurt Russell came on down, just being a BAMF with a flamethrower (although there was some discontinuity). I enjoyed the 1982 one and had mixed feelings for this prequel but I ended up actually liking it. The only thing I was a bit disappointed at was the fact that although there was quite a bit of tension and guess-work required to figure out who the thing was in this film, there was not as much as there was in the 1982 one. There were also some creature revelations that would leave you wondering how exactly they came in contact with the thing in the first place. Ah well, CGI creature designs were great, anyway. But maybe I'm a bit biased since I have a thing for feeling really unnerved at people getting all distorted and shizz. Case in point: I actually got scared watching "The Unborn" solely due to the old guy getting all contortion-y.

"And this kids, is how we did the crabwalk back in my day."

So the 2011 Thing provides something like that towards the end, but double the fun, if you know what I mean. *wink wink* Having Mary Elizabeth Winstead on there (in contrast to the all-boys cast of the original) was fine by me, because yay girl power! But seriously, she did a pretty decent job and there was thankfully no romantic angle, so that was good. 

Overall, the film was pretty okay, not as great as John Carpenter's, but it at least made an effort to try and be so. I'd recommend it. 

Over and out, 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Writing Challenge Accepted!

I finally have something to occupy myself this November. I can't believe I've actually forgotten about it, after making an account, like a mere two or three months ago. I'm participating in NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month this year, which challenges writers to jot down 50,000 words (approximately a 175 page novel) starting November 1st until November 30. That's like 1,666 words a day to win! I'm kind of excited and nervous at the same time since I rarely finish what I start, but I'm hoping I can make it. Although I am already imagining myself gnawing at my laptop, literally racking my brains to spew out ideas. I might even go crazy.
Although not Jack Torrance crazy. Close, though. Maybe it's because I don't have an evil hotel spirit to possess me, and that's all fine and dandy.

Anyway, I'm planning on doing a horror/supernatural/thriller thing. I don't want to give too much away, but here, I guess I could give the synopsis:

After the death of one of their childhood playmates, six friends return to their sleepy hometown of ________ in _______ and must reunite in order to find out what exactly drove their friend to suicide and why they’ve seemingly forgotten everything about their childhood with each other. But a far deeper horror awaits them, a childhood secret waiting to be revealed has seemingly brought them all together again for a reason, and may just be why they’ve chosen to forget. 

Bleh. There's more to this than it seems, though and I have a fairly good twist ending in mind (let's hope it's actually as good as I think it is). So I guess I'm going to be fine. Comments? Oh and I also don't have a title yet, though. All I can think of is "The Forgotten" and yes, I know it sucks big time. So if any of you would have any ideas, now would be a good time to contribute.

He knows you have them.

Wish me luck, 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mid-Sembreak Blues

Well, I'm a couple of days into sembreak and I'm already feeling pretty bored with my "free" life. I'm stuck in an endless loop of laziness and I wish I could do something exciting and awesome and just plain badass. Something like...

1) Have a sparring match with a chicken.

2) Bake a wonderful glorious cupcake, nearly perfect in every way.

3) Then eat it.

4) Be Spiderman

5) Go outside


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Freedom! (For Three Weeks)

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Yes, I'm finally free from stressful college life. Well, at least for a few weeks, before I return and get all stressed again. But we all have to live in the here and now, don't we? It's time to party, is what I'm saying. (Which actually means it's time to sleep for 12 hours and hunch over the computer for the other half of the day). This is the good life. Well, at least I'm going to have more time to visit your blogs, and I love doing that. How have your days been going, you guys?

Keep on partyin',

Sunday, October 9, 2011

This Is A Pathetic Attempt At A Blog Post

Depressing thought for today: You are making a peanut butter sandwich and as you finish coating one of the bread slices, it falls peanut butter side down. Sad face.

Well, that was random and utterly horrible. It also made me hungry. Sooo, update I'm sure no-one is super enthusiastic to hear about pertaining to my storybook: I've presented my book in front of almost 50 judging eyes and ears in class last week and I think it went well. Hope that feeling actually reflects in my grade sheet. I'm crossing my fingers right now.

Final cover page, dood. I tweaked it a bit.

In other news, I'm seriously starting to stress out over the burden of having to find time to finish everything I need to do before this semester ends. Yet here I am procrastinating on the internet. Yay me? I'm probably going to be a tad MIA again in the coming weeks, depends if I actually find the time and energy to blog. Don't miss me too much, okay? Aha, how egoistic of me. But I am feeling rather down in the dumps and that always gives people a right to be huge meanies, right? Like when girls are on their period and everything they do is automatically due to their crying uterus. I'm seriously convinced girls can get away with pushing someone off a cliff and blaming it on their period. Totally legit. So now I'm going to leave you with one of my favorite pages from my story book: 

"I'm sorry but I am the King of Candy and I have a sparkly lopsided lollipop scepter. Your argument is invalid."


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Average Person Swallows Eight Spiders In Their Sleep Each Year

Or was it every six months? Or four spiders? Maybe it was ten spiders for each lifetime? Yes, well, rest easy, folks. The chances of this happening are almost zero. Almost. Of course, this chain mail "fact" has been passed around so much that I've started to accept it as true. It doesn't really help that I hate spiders, and not in the "spiders are gross" kind of sense but in the "kill it! kill it with fire! kill it, I say!" kind. Well, sure they seem all cute and awesome behind their little glass cages and I could even get close enough to tap the glass and watch them get all disoriented. However, show me one running wild and free and I will flip the heck out. I don't really know how this fear of spiders took root within me, but maybe it has to do with the fact THAT THEY'RE FREAKIN' SPIDERS AND HAVE EIGHT LEGS AND ARE REALLY UGLY.

I'm sure you guys needed some form of visual representation to fuel your nightmares tonight. You're welcome. 

So now we have the back story all laid out, let me tell you about a particular incident two days ago. I was chilling on my bed, doing random stuff on the internet, when my throat decided to dry up and so I needed to get up, go downstairs and get a drink of water. Simple enough. It would be really dark down there, but I didn't really mind. Being scared of the dark is for little kids, yo! So anyway, I got up, started towards my bedroom door and stopped dead in my tracks. 

Not actual spider, but pretty close.

A huge brown spider the size of the palm of my hand and with legs longer than my fingers stared right back up at me as it sat near the bottom of the door. I was frozen in place. My life flashed before my eyes. Hnnnng! Heart attack right there. That spider looked straight out of the movie Arachnophobia. What if it lunged at me? What if it suddenly dashed all around the place? WHAT IF IT DECIDES TO EAT MY FACE? I decided there was no time to think about all the possibilities and it was actually time for action. So I did the bravest thing I could have done- I spazzed out, jumped up on the bed and started started crying for my mommy. Of course, she wasn't even here with me, but I was hoping through some miraculous form of divine intervention she would appear right there and squish that spider for me. That didn't happen. Figuring I couldn't really stay on my bed forever, I stood like five feet away and stretched my arms as far as they would go, and opened the door, hoping the giant spider would be crushed in between it and the floor. And as every little girl who dreams of becoming a princess and finding her prince Charming knows, our dreams just don't come true and you end up a bitter old cat lady. In my case, I ended up with the spider going into ninja mode and darting around the door super fast straight for my shoe rack. I know...what in the heck have I done?

I now have a huge spider chilling somewhere inside one of my shoes. Waiting for me, patiently waiting for the one who tried to kill it. Plotting revenge, fuming inside. 

I imagine it would look something like this, but you know, with less furry cuteness and more hairy hell spawn.

Therefore every time I grab a pair of shoes, I meticulously shine a flashlight into it, hoping to catch the spider before it can ambush me. But who am I kidding? If I ever do catch it, I don't have any logical plan of action and would probably just end up throwing the shoe at the nearest wall. And if that happens, the spider would probably be so pissed at me, that it would gladly crawl down my throat as I sleep. 

By the way, I researched a bit on the spider I've found and narrowed it down to it being a Huntsman spider. Of course, being the paranoid little sissy that I am, I searched if it was poisonous or anything. Nope. That's kind of a relief, although why the picture of the spider on that site I linked is wiggling is unknown to me. Also something baffling, this. Aaaand this

Keep on truckin',

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I Fear For The Imaginary Future Children Who Will Read My Books

I need a patient with a voice problem to evaluate and interview for a case study for one of my classes. 

So if you have been involved in any screaming matches, attended concerts, participated in rallies *cough* people who've joined the recent budget cut rally from my uni *cough* or just generally have a crappy voice, see me please. In all seriousness though, I don't know where I'm going to find someone on such short notice. Not to mention the fact that I have a ton of other things to do aside from the aforementioned case study. Such as the children's storybook (vocal playbook) I've mentioned in the last post. So far, I've only drafted the cover page. I still think it needs more fixing. I drew all this in Photoshop. With a mouse.

The story itself is like Alice in Wonderland meets Wizard of Oz and I have a character named "Bubbaloo" in it who is like some weird bubble gum creature but I find him highly amusing. Yes, I know the whole story is not very original and SERIOUSLY CANDYLAND WHAT THE HECK? But this is the best I can do right now. I might post a few other pages of this book as I go along and definitely a photo of the finished product. Have I mentioned that I have to submit both this and the voice case study on Thursday next week, wherein I also have an exam scheduled? I'm going to have work extra hard to finish all this in time, seriously. 

As a little side note, I've been craving cheese fries this whole week. I might get myself some tomorrow at the mall when I buy materials for my storybook. I know I'll probably regret scarfing down that future tub o' heart attack but I really really need fries for some reason. Preferably drowned in cheese powder and cooking oil and sprinkled with awesomeness. Mmmmm.

Keep bubblin',

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I See Weird Things

\Well. I do think this is the longest break from blogging I've ever had. A lot of schoolwork-related stuff happened and to top it all off, I got sick. Runny nose, coughing, a headache and a fever-the works. Actually, I still feel kinda crappy now. You know the worst part about being sick is the fact you can't even savor the flavors of your food. You can take everything away from me, just not my ability to taste my food, darn it!

Also, with a pretty high fever, you start to imagine things. You aren't thinking straight. You begin to see things in the corner of your eyes. Naturally, this hasn't really helped my sanity much. 

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Not that there was much of it to begin with.

Now I have to go back to my projects, one of which involves making a complete children's storybook. I've already got the main characters down and I have about 6 pages done minus illustrations. Basically I'm just crapping out ideas for each page. Ha! This should be good. 


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Guest Post

Quick notice to let you guys know I guest posted for Mayen over at clicks and cuts. Check it out here!

It went pretty well for my first guest post so I'm very happy about that. Thankyou, Mayen! I might do a couple more in the future if my more-busy-than-I'd-like schedule would allow it, and also if there would be other bloggers willing to have me guest post. *wink wink*
Also, a big shout out to my new followers! Welcome to my blog, and I hope you enjoy your stay. I'll be sure to check out your blogs soon, so watch out for that. Also, right now I have exactly 101 followers, and that's pretty awesome. I love you all, both old followers and new ones, all one hundred and one of you. So, please no one un-follow me and make me look bad (please?). Teehee.

And since this post seems rather bare, here's a VERY awesome set of wedding photos. It's not your ordinary set of wedding photos, though. But they're really cute!