- at the moment: loved
- on the background:"It Starts And Ends With You" by Suede
Watching Lakers vs Houston. Can't help but laugh every time the commentator says, "and he's blocked by World Peace!"
Human beings naman tayo eh. So dean na din natin siya.
Lauren Montino on Greendale's Dean Pelton
Doing a death stare with some fans. I was here first, ladies. FIRST!!!
Mika Ayson, during a meet and greet with David Archuleta
It's not a "cliffhanger". She didn't hang, she fell.
American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe on the auditioner that fell off the stage during the Hollywood round
Had I taped my old cat cheating with a younger cat by his preggo spouse and put it on [YouTube], it would have gone viral for sure.
Facebook is all hearts and flowers. Maganda rin sana kung puro mukha ni @adamlevine.
Yeah, it's the other way. So you told me to tune in just to see her hypothetically die. What?
Dexter Tan on a Glee plot twist that definitely involves Dianna Agron
Being an artist in the Philippines is hard. Come, let us sell out!
I hope everyone but Darryl gets offed and it turns into a show about him and how badass he is.
Siobhan Magnus on Norman Reedus' character on The Walking Dead
I'm getting addicted to [Wiltime Big Time] because of Nandito Ako. This is bad, really bad.
When will I ever see you, "Missing Plug-In"?
Why is everyone eating Magnum? Isn't that a condom?
Do these guys like... hire some people to patrol Twitter just to wait if someone drops their name?
Dexter Tan after a conversation that involved our tweets being seen by RJ Ledesma and Hilary Isaac
The iPhone can practically launch stuff into space by remote, and yet, every iPhone owner used the SAME ringtone? Come on, humans. Come on.
Raising Hope's Shannon Woodward
My parents chose the S&R sale over me.
Mama texted who Kate Moss is. Am sensing she's playing Draw Something again.
Why would anyone go to the gym wearing full force make-up? Concealer, foundation, eyeliner? Sabay Instagram!
Can you keep a secret? My actual height is 6'2". Hindi lang halata. Shhh.
Dapat mas bawal ang iPad kesa sa DSLR pag concerts.
It's madness if her legs aren't anywhere to be found. There could be a center spread on the cover book for that.
Kimmy de Leon on the album art for Haley Reinhart' Listen Up!
Why is everyone my age having babies? Di ba pwedeng career muna?
My girl friends say that pa-beautiful eyes has lost its power. So did the puppy dog pout. So when all else fails, CRY.
Janelle Santos on tips to avoid getting tickets from police
Sort of thankful I'm not super hot and talented or I'd be doing embarrassing [song]/dance numbers on Sunday afternoon variety shows.
Dahil sa sobrang init, sobrang taas na ng ponytail ko. Di na to ponytail. Unicorn horn na to.
Overheard: "Kids, it was the summer of 2012 when your Aunt Robin decided to join S.H.I.E.L.D."
Marielle Antonio on Cobie Smoulders' stint on The Avengers
Good golly, I'm deleting that tweet. I was in the beach, people.
Janelle Santos, after tweeting that she hasn't worn a bra in days - because she was wearing a bikini top
Adele and I are the same age? What is this sorcery? Plus, I'm even older than her... by about a month.
Oo ka na lang. You're one of us. You just don't spazz and squee like us.
Jean Bautista, calling me a Cookista
Warning: there are many Indonesians who cannot spell Philippines correctly. Before David, I couldn't.
My Photoshop skills went down the drain four years ago. I need a plumber.
Got called a Diablo widow at work. Good times.
PBB Teens, kakaiba kayo. Di naman ako ganyan nung teenage years ko!
Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday's duet consumed twenty years' supply of my voice.
Random people on the street: "si Jessica Sanchez!" Thrice ata to nangyari. As in strangers calling me Jessica Sanchez! Lord whyyy.
Madel Asuncion, who does look like Jessica Sanchez
Globe and Smart, unahan na kayo sa "I thought I was unlimited".
Kimmy de Leon on Miriam Defensor-Santiago's classic quip during Renato Corona's impeachment
Noynoy is too busy playing Diablo III to realize he (yes, he) won.
Mika Ayson after Renato Corona is proven guilty by the impeachment court
I very rarely get complimented on my accent, so I'm having that one!
Note to self: when choosing what NBA team to root for, the most important consideration is looks. Kahit talunan.
If I had a secret lover I won't keep it as a secret.
You know you're a Potterhead when you write and mention herbology when you mean botany.
Okay. I thought of that as well. You'll be Twitter buddies by that time. Yiheeeeeee!
Lauren Montino, after I got a(nother) reply from Triple J's Linda Marigliano
Ahhhh, does fro suffice?
So You Think You Can Dance finalist (and later winner) Eliana Girard on what adjective best describes her
Bitch, shut up, Amy is talking!
Korinne Lirio while watching Face to Face
Shoutout to Robert Pattinson: if you date me, I would never cheat on you.
OO NA MAY TWISTER FRIES NA. FB, Instagram, Twitter, oo na. Like hindi every year nagkakaroon, eh.
When my dad's officemates tell me that I'm so big, I can't tell if it's because I'm older or fatter.
I hope you forgive me when, in the first two seconds, my brain registered "oh, a brunette Ashley Tisdale."
Dexter Tan on... you guess who
You just dissed my number one and two favorite radio stations in one swipe. I feel so worthless now.
Jayvee Sacramento on my hatred for the Magic and boredom for the Monster
Just for the record, I didn't make the first move.
We had a Filipino nurse last night and at one point we couldn't understand what she said. Dad said, "call Niko!"
Tutoring my sister in math. I hold a math degree but fifth grade divisibility rules are... what again?
Had to read your tweet out loud to figure out why you apologized. And then I sang it.
Cam Adraincem after I tweeted her "sio, sio, sio, siomai", in reference to, yes, a Haley Reinhart song
Lokokin ko kaya si ate, sabihin ko i-announce sa mic, "Blair Carabuena, window 9."
Tagalugin ko kaya yung blog ni @nikobatallones tapos sabihin ko ako gumawa nun. Anyway, according to Sen. Tito Sotto, di yun plagiarism.
Dear Ashley, (yes you!) what in the world happened to Amanda Bynes?
Dear Teng, alam kong nakita mo ako kanina. At alam ko ako ang swerte sa buhay mo. Kaya dapat manalo ang DLSU ngayon.
Clarence Arreza moments before a UAAP game in which DLSU lost
To the woman in the airport that was upset by the fact that I am not actually @ginnygoodwin: I know, I'm disappointed too.
Last year's So You Think You Can Dance winner Melanie Moore
Hot mental image right now.
Triple J's Linda Marigliano after I mentioned Ryan Gosling to her
Ay, mahirap ngang tumapat diyan. Sorry 'nak.
Lauren Montino on the tweet right before this
Kilala ko na yung Mario Maurer: siya ang susi para pansinin ako ng maraming babae. Daming tweets!
Umaygaaaash! Di ako vain! Oh, salamin at camera, layuan mo na ako! Utang na loob!
Gay Marie Cosmiano
I don't think the pick-up line "you look familiar" works on me anymore.
Survivor: Philippines astaway RC Saint-Amour
Old man in front of me in the MRT: "Dapat pumasa na ang RH Bill. Ang dami na masyadong tao dito."
Mamimiss ko ang mga pagkakataong kailangan kong lokohin ang sarili kong inlab ako makapagsulat lang ng wedding, honeymoon at landian scenes.
December 21, 2012 was "just a day, just an ordinary day." And I spent it "just trying to get by." I wonder where Vanessa Carlton is now.
OMG, this is the part where the leading lady who resigns from her job puts her mug and pen holder and all other personal stuff in a box!
Hazel Elizes, on her last day at work
- at the moment: pleased
- on the background:"The Ballad of Hollis Brown" by the Neville Brothers
Once again, the best of the orange blog!
It's been a good year for that blog. A bunch of new experiences meant a bunch of new ideas for the blog - and heaven knows how stale it has become lately. It's interesting how more political my blog has become. How more smart-ass at times. How very cynical it has become (one reason and one reason only). And how that all threatens to change in the new year. You'll all soon know why.
1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Hit a car. Fix some paperwork in a police station. Travel for work. Travel alone. Buy myself concert tickets. Drink seven bottles of beer and not get drunk. I have so many things to list here.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
You know my answer to this one.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
The three friends that have gotten pregnant have since given birth. Hello, Jessica.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Two granduncles, but I'm not close to them.
5. What countries did you visit?
Singapore. Again. It's a work thing. Well, half of it. Was there for eight days. Spent four days training, one night watching David Cook, and three days catching up with friends and feeling more tourist-y than ever before. I remain proud of the fact that I sent someone to the roof deck of the Esplanade on the basis of good views of the Singapore skyline.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Some fortitude, to put it one way.
7. What date(s) from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I was prepared, all year, to answer 15 March, but then 9 December and 22 December came along...
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
9. What was your biggest failure?
I could've dealt with the March 15 thing better. Meaning, I could've spoken less about it, if not none at all.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Mostly coughs and the occasional asthma attack. I had a terrible evening allergy in the middle of the year, which forced me to switch the spot where I lie down.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I... don't know. I never really had a major purchase this year, mostly because I was still paying off my laptop.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My new colleagues. It helps that I already know them, but I must point out nonetheless, that they are much better at being human beings than my past (offline) colleagues.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
I hereby withdraw my answer to question 38 of the 2010 edition of this review.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Chocolate bars. No, not really. The laptop. Yeah. And food. More food.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
That Singapore trip, because it's my first time to travel alone. Also, the prospect of getting to shop for CDs again.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
First Aid Kit's "Emmylou".
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder?
II. thinner or fatter?
Fatter. All the walking I did before went kaput once I started my new job, a place where people throw blow-outs for every birthday.
III. richer or poorer?
I'd rather be modest.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Being more open.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Spending money on taxis. Not that I had any choice. But sometimes it makes sense, and sometimes it doesn't, like that P700 trip to heartbreak...
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I already spent Christmas. I thought this was a yearend survey?
21. Did you fall in love in 2012?
I must be more open. Yes.
22. How many one-night stands?
I want to answer "yes" just for kicks. No.
23. What was your favourite TV program?
I quit my job at BuddyTV so I watch less television now - well, actually, I watch the same amount, but not as intensively. (I mean, I still have Castle backlog. And a bigger Glee backlog.) This year I got int Homeland like everybody else. Also Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
25. What was the best book you read?
Just finished Danny Wallace' Friends Like These, which is a pretty good book, if you ask me. It's hard having to go through all these new books I bought over the past year though...
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Ren Harvieu. I would've answered Kimbra but technically I didn't discover her: Alyssa told me about her. This is the year I began a music blog, so it's pretty hard to answer this question, if you ask me.
27. What did you want and get?
An actual new chapter.
28. What did you want and not get?
I don't know. I never really thought about it.
29. What did you not ask for but get?
An actual new chapter. I know. It's contradictory. But I didn't pester my dad to give me a job. It just fell on my lap.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Same as last year: I didn't see a lot of films this year.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned twenty-three with a trip to the bookstore and some French... well, no, Filipino... cuisine... umm...
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I don't have any complaints. This year was a really good year. So good, even I find my happiness a little off-putting. But there are some things that have yet to pay off, and I'm the long-term overthinker here, so I'd say it's knowing that what you're doing will pay off.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
I found myself buying more corporate stuff this year because, you know, work. I'm slightly gravitating towards stripes. Fine, vertical stripes in appropriate outfits.
34. What kept you sane?
I don't know, but I think I definitely was. Except for that stretch from March to July.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
How do I answer this without being stalker-y? Leanne Decker. Umm... and Linda Marigliano. She read my tweets at least seventeen times this year. Yes, I counted.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The Cybercrime Prevention Act. The TRO is almost over and our politicians have dragged their feet on it. Granted, it's because they passed the RH Bill and the Sin Tax Bill (now a law) and sort of dilly-dallied on the FOI bill... okay, lemme change my answer. What political issue stirred me the most? It's Noynoy Aquino's hatred of freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
37. Who did you miss?
I never thought of these things this year.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I don't want to jinx it, so no, I won't mention her. Edited mantra: be more open, but some things are worth hiding just a little bit longer.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:
You have to say yes more often. I know, it sounds like a Yes Man rip-off. (Danny, I haven't read that book. Nor seen the movie.) But I realized this when, on my first free day in Singapore, I bumped into a colleague (who wasn't due to leave until the next day) who invited me to just walk around... places. I said yes, and we went walking, and five hours later I felt fine. Had a bunch of adventures, good conversation, you get the idea. Tried it again, and I find myself having... this.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
From Duran Duran's "What Happens Tomorrow": you've got to believe it'll be all right in the end.
- at the moment: contemplative
- on the background:Shak on XFM London
Note: This list only includes network shows. The Walking Dead, which is on cable, is definitely on the list. I just don't have the time to go through everything... yet.
Castle (ABC 9/24) -- Castle and Beckett had sex! CASTLE AND BECKETT HAD SEX!
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC 10/23)
Raising Hope (Fox 10/2)
Nashville (ABC 10/10) -- It's not the sort of show I'd try, this being a soap-ish drama revolving around the country music industry, but it has Connie Britton on it, and it's got a lot of buzz. Okay, and yes, Hayden Panettiere.
Survivor: Philippines (CBS 9/19) -- Duh. Philippines.
Glee (Fox 9/13) -- Admission: I forgot to put this on the list. But seeing how the show deals with graduation will always be interesting. Also, I vowed to stick with this show somehow when I began covering it.
Last Resort (ABC 9/27) -- Partly because the concept is awesome, partly because of Dichen Lachman.
Community (NBC 10/19) -- No Dan Harmon, just thirteen episodes, a Friday night slot...
Fringe (Fox 9/28) -- Final season for another show I love (and began watching to compensate for not having seen Lost then). Also a shorter season, but it should be tight.
The Amazing Race (CBS 9/30)
DEBUTS ON THE BENCH
666 Park Avenue (ABC 9/30) -- Interesting concept, but I'm not yet sold on whether I should really follow it.
Go On (NBC 9/11) -- Good reviews for Matthew Perry's new show, but I've yet to be really convinced.
The Mindy Project (Fox 9/25) -- Could be too chick flick-y for me, but Mindy's viewpoint is good, so said me after reading her book.
The New Normal (NBC 9/11) -- This has Modern Family written all over it. Only with Ryan Murphy involved. I weaned myself off Modern Family eventually, and I might have the same feelings for this one.
RETURNEES FOR LATER VIEWING
2 Broke Girls (CBS 9/24) -- I managed to watch this on a delay, so why not now?
Parenthood (NBC 9/11) -- I've yet to watch season 3, I'll admit, but my mom loves this, and so do I.
- at the moment: busy
- on the background:Mark Wheat on 89.3 The Current Minneapolis
"No, I don't like that thing you do."
"Just... just don't try so hard to please, because you can't please everyone."
"Why the fuck did you do that? Could you please be considerate?"
But I did not do anything wrong!
"That's what you think!"
I do not understand the rules anymore.
I've always complained about how these damn social rules only apply to me and not to everybody else.
I mean, what do I have to do to be accepted?
Or can I still do anything? Because, I know, I rant a lot, I hate most of the world, I've lost hope in humanity, I've become a terrorist, I've become a Satanist, ellipsis, ellipsis, ellipsis. Yet I know people who are worse than that, and who still find themselves in the company of friends who'd spend time with them.
Me? I guess someone blacklisted me. I must be on someone's "do not get close" blacklist. A widely circulated one.
If I invite you, you find a way to beg out. Or, you do go, grudgingly. Or, worse, you ask if I'll provide every fucking thing just so you go. What am I, a free lunch machine?
Do you want to go with me?
"Are you paying?"
I make friends, but at the same time I'm not any confident things will last.
People say I should stop being so angry at the world if I want people to stick around. And I try. But people will do things that will reaffirm my anger. So why is it still my fucking fault?
- at the moment: angry
- on the background:Nemone on BBC 6 Music
"The Last Day On Earth" by Kate Miller-Heidke
"Open Up Your Arms" by Ren Harvieu
"Going Missing" by Maximo Park
I should put this on my other blog.
- at the moment: emo(tional?)
- on the background:"Sovereign Light Cafe" by Keane
- at the moment: on the verge of coughing
- on the background:Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music
+ This blog is essentially archived. I don't think I know anybody who's reading this as religiously as the orange blog. (On second thought, who's reading the orange blog religiously?) Even I haven't had much time with this now. It's hard maintaining
+ I'll still be posting here, but not as often. Flipsides, mostly, as well as the yearend stuff I can't bring to the orange blog because I'm fickle.
+ I did say I have two blogs, right Shale isn't one of them - that's archived too, and the political stuff has gone on the orange blog. But I just launched a music blog of sorts. It's called earthings and it's here. Mentioning this in the off-chance that someone's reading this blog and finds it worth a click. (Hello, Marcia. Hello, Issa. If you're still there.)
+ That said, I might as well say goodbye, sort of. This blog wouldn't be possible without Issa's support. Joined LiveJournal mostly for access to her blog back in 2005, and I've been updating this ever since, but it's hard writing all your thoughts down in so many avenues when you can do it all much better on one place. So thank you. And to the people who read my attempts to do memes here, and post videos, and other stuff that I wouldn't do on my blog, thank you.
Again, Which Baby is not closing down. It's just archived, downsized, but it'll still be here. I need the LJ access, after all.
- at the moment: jubilant?
- on the background:"Sophia" by Nerina Pallot
Well, it’s not simply because I feel like reminiscing a bit, but sometimes, looking back at the day when our Anthropology teacher, Miss de Guzman, decided to give us - me, personally - a little challenge by travelling down to a little party, organized by a student organization, and try to observe whatever is going on, and make sense of it all. What makes it a bit more challenging, initially, was that the project proposal, sent by the officers of the Behavioral Sciences Society to members of the relevant department’s faculty, was slated for those currently taking Sociology class. It was then the first term of the year. And, I am still taking Sociology now.
Anybody remember the Hana Deka Club?
Our block was split into six groups of eight for another report, which I personally thought wasn’t much - a visit to the National Museum, nothing much - and we were asked to retain the groupings. After having to pay P150 for the tickets, which we almost didn’t get due to a class suspension, our group were off in the middle of the Ortigas district, ready to observe and, primarily, have some fun. As everyone could have put it, it was an ultimate bonding experience.
I went with Kim and Tracy, well, because six weeks ago, back when I didn’t know anybody, I met the pair (along with AK, later my classmate in Filipino 1 class, who warned us of what we were to face in PE a couple of hours later) as they walked by a still-nameless strip of concrete. (Now, more experienced, we call it SJ Walk.) Along with another classmate, Sudoy, who was also my classmate in English 1 class (our block of forty-something split into two sections for that class and Chemistry lab class), we formed a foursome which would also work for another report in another class. (It was the four of us who decided to use Sister Pinky, our Religion 1 teacher, as a “modern example” of Zacchaeus.)
Looking for more members, there was a couple who were connected through common schools and interests - Lau and Ale. The two also used to sit in the second row of J303 (while I always sat in the front, along with Kim and Tracy), and then, with more common bonds beginning to emerge in a half-clueless block, we were suddenly six. Admittedly I didn’t initially relate well with the two, thinking they were part of the high-brow crowd I consciously got afraid off back in high school.
The last two slots were, well, occupied by Ira, who was my seatmate in English 1 class, and Jom, who was initially seen as someone promising - but would later earn everybody’s ire.
Fast forward to July, and I was just recovering from what I called a “depression pang” due to me not adjusting well to the environment, the people, and all that. What Be[wild]ered did was, for once, rattle my abilities. I’ve never been on a night out before, at least on a night out in a real urban setting. Back then I was still this clueless guy who was thinking that college was his first stab at experiencing a decent high school life. And then I was later enjoying the setting, although as group leader I was still typing in notes on my PDA and had to get some convincing from Jom to enjoy the night (and even attempted to make me smoke, with no luck). I was there, after dinner at The Podium, after receiving puzzling text messages from Ale about transportation options, after deciding what to wear - and I found myself giving out Freudian slips and encouragements and random questions to people I initially knew as blockmates and seatmates - and just that.
What made the experience more amazing, though, was that we were able to pull it off despite what seemed to be my pessimism taking over. In the week after the gig, we were rushing in details, explanations, accounts and presentation suggestions, and then I myself was getting some positive remarks - a rarity back then - from Kim, who liked my positive, “I like that” assertions. So, on that Thursday, we were there, reporting in front of the class, getting Miss de Guzman’s approval for deviating subjects - we tackled human reactions, after everyone’s dismay over how the fashion show turned out, yet everyone else talked about that - and getting people hooked on Lau and Ale’s poses, my impromptu talking, and that photo of Caresse we transformed into an acetate slide, making her really blush. That, despite another development brewing, which was obviously dragging me down.
How much has changed since then. After that I began to drift away from these people, in part because I was having a crush on Ale and denied it, and then I was becoming closer to other people. I wasn’t to talk to Ale for a long time because of that. Consequently, Kim and Lau grouped together with my other blockmates, and thus the Bonobo Society was born, named becuase of another Antropology topic. Jom, as I mentioned before, would receive everybody’s ire over his out-of-place remarks. Me and Sudoy, along with others, became close because of that. Ira would disappear from school weeks before the term’s end, and now I haven’t seen her much. I personally thought it was a waste of fine talent. And then, things would change again - and me and Ale would become much closer than I thought.
Things have indeed changed. Even I - Be[wild]ered was an eye-opener, and later I would realize I wasn’t the same as when I entered DLSU. Now I’m a bit of an extrovert (or too much of it), a bit more optimistic - and, of course, it wasn’t single-handedly caused by that, but it’s still worth a mention, it being a huge factor.
Be[wild]ered also caused a lot of plot twists. People drifted apart and people went together. That would make for a much more complicated story, though.
So, anybody still remember the Hana Deka Club, the club I almost called Catwheel because I lacked inspiration, until someone pointed at someone’s notebook and culled that monicker?
Memories, obviously we couldn’t just forget easily. Or, I’ve gone too sentimental - just what I didn’t need.
- at the moment: blah
- on the background:"I Will" by Dia Frampton and Blake Shelton