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:: Trick or Treat! ::
Happy Halloween!
My loot so far:
  • a handful of lollipops
  • a bag of ChocNut
  • 4 tubes of Nips
  • a bag of Keebler Soft Batch® Cookies
  • assorted candies that my nephew gave me

    I'm getting more later when I take my nephew around the village. Yum.

  • 10.30.2004
    :: Rant ::
    I'm not sure who said this, but I love the message: "Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." I have a friend who seems to have found such a job - she says she "pay[s] for the fun and fulfilling moments at work by installment, through monthly salary reduction." I'm still looking.

    I'm sick of my job. I can go on and on about why I want to quit, but I won't do that. I believe I gave the most important reason already in a previous post - I need a mentor.

    :: A Filipino Tale ::
    We Filipinos, in my (not so humble) opinion, are a superstitious people. Old wives' tales seem to carry as much, if not more weight than articles found in the local papers. I'm making a generalization, of course, but forgive me - it's too early in the morning for me to get my creative juices flowing. I needed an introduction, and that was the best I could think of. Now...

    Myths, legends, superstitions, and the like are as much a part of our daily lives as anything else. Most of us have heard, at one time or another, that going to bed with wet hair would lead us to go blind, go crazy, or otherwise suffer some horrible fate. I'm sure we've also been told never to make a stupid face, lest a gust of wind come and freeze that expression in place. Last but not least, we're probably all familiar with paglilihi, that pregnant woman's inexplicable craving for green mango, chicken, fish, or any other item that later determines her child's characteristics.

    Just recently, I read a short story by Nick Joaquin that depicts one such myth. In the story, it is said that the first night of May "was a night of divination, and night of lovers, and those who cared might peer into a mirror and would there behold the face of whoever it was they were fated to marry." To do so, one need only to stand alone in a dark room armed only with a candle, stand in front of a mirror, then close one's eyes and utter a spell. Should everything go well, the face of one's future spouse would appear above one's left shoulder. Should things go wrong, the devil would appear.

    I shared that because I want others to share other tales found in our culture. If you have a story that explains the origins of the manananggal or tiyanak, please share it. If you know of any other folk's tales not mentioned here, say so. Heck, if you have an explanation for the Filipino's desire to cover everything in plastic, share that too - the existence of plastic covered sofa sets and beds could be worth writing stories about.

    What story do you want to tell?

    :: Weekend Recap ::
    I just spent the weekend with Bundi, Joaq, Ria, and my two favorite girls (a.k.a. Laurie & Sam) on a much needed trip out of town. Thank you, Laurie, for allowing us into your place again (around the same time last year, the six of us, along with a bunch of others, spent the weekend in the same house). Thank you, Sam & Bundi, for the bedside entertainment (and you all better get your minds out of the gutter, you hear?). Thank you, Ria, for taking over the kitchen when I started getting lazy. Thank you, Joaq, for the countless games of foozball, table tennis, pool, and whatnot. Thank you all for all of this and more.

    Is it obvious I'm grateful for this weekend?

    On a related note:
  • A weekend trip doesn't have to planned in advance. A bunch of late night texts is enough to get people organized.
  • In just a couple of days, I took almost a hundred and fifty pictures (149, to be exact), not counting those I deleted.
  • The song Ever After by Bonnie Bailey is now stuck in my head.
  • Driving around Tagaytay & Batangas is fun - even if you have no idea where you want to go.
  • Not only am I the driver ng bayan, I can also be the kusinero ng bayan. I might also be masahista ng bayan, but I don't quite give out massages so freely.
  • Sam has superpowers. Proof is in the pictures.

  • Taco Bell is ok... expensive, but ok.
  • It's a jungle out there.

  • One of the following pictures is from last year's trip. The other is from yesterday's. Can you guess which is which?

  • :: Heading Up ::
    I'm not sure if it's obvious, but something has been weighing heavily on me lately. I could try and explain it here, but that could lead to a very long entry. Instead, I'll steal somebody else's words: "I've reached the ceiling and I need someone to show me the second floor."

    :: Road Trip ::
    In 5 hours, I could be on my way out of town again. I just found out about this trip half an hour ago. I should get some rest... but instead, I'm blogging. Matalino talaga ako.

    :: Geek ::
    I'm blog-happy today, aren't I?

    You are .jpg You are very colorful.  Sometimes you forget things, or distort the truth.  You like working with pictures more than words.
    Which File Extension are You?

    You are Windows 2000 SP3.  You're a steady and reliable friend.  People think you're all business, but with your recent therapy you've become a little more playful.
    Which OS are You?

    :: Film Bluff ::
    I can't remember the last commercial film I've seen. I know I haven't seen any in the past couple of weeks; and I'm not even sure if I've seen any in the last few months. Heck, I don't even know what movies I've missed anymore.

    I'm not saying I haven't seen the inside of a theater recently. I can name the last five films I've seen, but I don't think any of them would be considered mainstream. They are, from the most recent:
    1. Historias Minimas (Simple Stories)
    2. 800 Balas (800 Bullets)
    3. Tasogare seibei (Twilight Samurai)
    4. Ana y los Otros (Ana and the Others)
    5. El Viaje de Carol (Carol's Journey)

    Notice the absence of commercial hits like Sky Captain and Shark Tale. In less recent times, I've also missed Catwoman and Spiderman 2. I'm not totally sure, but I think the last hit I caught in the theater was The Terminal. Believe me - for every hit I see, I've probably missed a handful of others.

    I'll say it again - I've missed so many movies, I don't know what I've missed anymore.

    So help me out here. Just answer one question: what are the last five (5) movies you've seen. If you can name more, that would be great, but five is fine. Name your movies, and if you'd like, I can tell you whether or not I've seen them. Just drop me a note and help me figure out what I've managed to miss.

    :: Save Me ::
    I'm tired.

    The day isn't even over yet, and I'm exhausted.

    Get me out of here. Please.

    :: Why Blog at All? ::
    I realize that with a few exceptions, I haven't been writing much here in my blog about my life. I know I haven't been writing here to blow off steam. I am certain I haven't been writing poetry, nor have I been writing fiction. It makes me wonder...

    How in the world have I managed to post more than a hundred entries?

    What does my blog say about me?

    Why the hell do I even have one?

    Vanity has taken hold of me once again.

    Oh no...

    :: In Memoriam ::
    Chona in the City is gone!

    Only last month, I wrote about her blog making me laugh, and now all that's left there is a smiley face.

    This is sad. Chona Mae Banaag (July 26, 2004 - October 16, 2004) will be missed.

    Ang babaw ko.

    :: Benefits of Beer ::

    Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder
    Beauty may be in the eye of the beer holder rather than the beholder, according to a new study by scientists.

    Academics in Scotland have found proof of the so-called "beer goggles" effect, following a study involving 80 students.

    The researchers wanted to measure the infamous phenomenon by which members of the opposite sex become more attractive more alcohol is consumed.

    They found that men and women who have drunk a moderate amount of alcohol find the faces of the opposite sex 25% more attractive than their sober counterparts.

    The study also revealed there was no difference in the beer goggle effect between men and women.

    Students at Glasgow University were shown colour photos of 120 male and female students from St Andrews University aged 18 to 26.

    Participants were asked to rate their aesthetic properties on a scale of between one - highly unattractive - to seven - highly attractive.

    Half of the students had drunk up to four units of alcohol, equivalent to a maximum of around two pints of lager or two-and-a-half glasses of wine.

    The 40 tipsy aesthetes rated the people in the photographs as broadly more attractive than their abstemious counterparts.

    Professor Barry Jones, from Glasgow University's psychology department and his fellow academic, Ben Jones, from St Andrews University, led the study.

    Prof. Jones said: "Everyone's heard of the beer goggles effect but we wanted to measure once and for all whether a moderate amount of alcohol increases the judgement of facial attractiveness.

    "The increase in perceived attractiveness appeared to be the same for the ugly people as the pretty people.

    "Attractiveness provides a very important signal of mate quality, it shows you have good genes and a healthy body."

    He said the beer goggles phenomenon is caused by alcohol stimulating the part of the human brain which is used to determine facial attractiveness, the nucleus accumbens.

    The academic, whose previous studies have found that a moderate alcohol intake can increase the risk of having unprotected sex, will present his latest findings at the International Congress on Behavioural Medicine in Finland later this month.

    :: Etymology ::
    Before the development of firearms, a "free lance" was a mercenary - a skilled warrior with no afiiliation to any particular master. An example of this is the ronin of feudal Japan.

    As lances gave way to guns, the word "freelance" took on a different meaning - one detached from warfare. A free lance was one who offered his services, whatever these services were, to the highest bidder.

    As the 20th century came around, the noun became a verb, giving rise to the word's meaning today.

    So, what am I getting at? I don't know.

    :: R.I.P. ::

    :: Beach! ::
    I'm heading off to see the sea!

    Sand, sun, surf, and a whole weekend to enjoy it. What more can I ask for?

    :: Indulge Me ::
    I came across this elsewhere, but I thought it might be worth trying. Though I don't know who they are, it seems other bloggers are doing this. I'm not sure how many before me have done this, but anyway, I should get to the point.

    Think of three (3) photos you want to see posted here. I might have a picture of it already, or I might have to shoot it first. You could ask for a picture of something in my house or in my room, a tree resting on my car, my nephew, someone sleeping, or anything else you can think of. The basic idea is this: you request a photo, I'll see if I can post it.

    Be imaginative, but play nice. Don't ask me for a photo that you know I can't take or post. I'm just wondering what you might ask for, and what I can deliver.

    :: e-whore eeyore ::
    I just counted them - I have 10 different e-mail addresses. Of course, I have one main address. Aside from this, I have my work, mobile, and driver ng bayan accounts. I also have a not quite so secret address. I have number of addresses that serve just as spam collectors, plus a few more that are meant for large attachments. I check more than half of them on a regular basis.

    I have 3 different online albums. I have elbercruz and triggerhappydriver on webshots, plus driver_ng_bayan on flickr. I didn't even count my page on deviantARt or my Photobucket account here.

    Like the rest of the world (or so it seems), I have a Friendster account. My profile can be found here. I also have a dormant Zorpia account here.

    Of course, I have this blog. Aside from my Blogger page, I also have a LiveJournal entitled ang isa ko pang auto. I don't really update it that often, though.

    Keeping up with all my passwords is a nightmare.