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:: Gee Mail ::
Gee whiz, this Gmail thing is dandy! It's better than a vanilla milkshake!

Ang babaw ko ba?

I just learned a bit more about Gmail today, and the first thing I thought was: cool! Of course, being the geek that I am, I'm not quite sure who'd be able to relate.

Ang babaw ko nga talaga.

:: Asshole ::
Meet the Fokkers
Jay Roach
Shangri-la Plaza Cinema 2
1930h - 25 January 2005

Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.

:: Dreams ::
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a post about an insane dream I had. Since then, I have not had a dream worth writing about, or for that matter, worth remembering.

While I haven't had any noteworthy dreams, I still want to write about them. The problem is, as I've already mentioned, I haven't had any dreams worth blogging about. Instead, I have links to other people who have written about dreams.

What did you expect? A short essay on dreams and their meanings? I have to admit I thought about it, but I don't really feel like doing the research just now. Oh well... on to the links:

Anne, unlike me, has had a number of vivid dreams. Sam, on the other hand, is on the same dreamless boat as I am.

Ang babaw ko ba?

Since we're on the topic anyway, I'm dreaming of one day owning some (if not all) of the items on this list.

** note to self: tumigil ka na nga!

:: Twenty Thousand Questions ::
About 2 weeks ago, I marveled at the popularity of the play Twenty Questions, and expressed hope that it would be staged soon. Today, I found out about an upcoming show. If I'm not mistaken, it will be showing this Wednesday somewhere on the UPLB campus.

I'm curious - I really want to see the show. Frankly speaking, I was a bit surprised to hear about this. However, despite the fact that I've been waiting for a stagin of this play for quite a long time, I've got a number of questions in my head.

I have the basic questions, of course. How long will the show run? How full (or bare) will the stage be? What music, if any, will be used? Who will be playing Jigs and Yumi?

I've got a whole bunch of other questions, but there are other, more important things on my mind. These other concerns, however, aren't quite directly related to the play itself. How much are the tickets? Who is producing this show? Who is directing it? Have they contacted the author?

I have to admit - the last question is the main thing on my mind. I really wonder what Ekis' take on the show is, or will be.

Damn... I want to see this show. Too bad I'll be busy.

:: Coming Soon ::
I've had a million meetings this week, and I still have half a million more before the weekend lands. I'm exhausted, and excited at the same time. But anyway...

I feel so showbiz. Why? Let me run through my meetings. Today, I will be doing some voice acting for a short animated film. Before that I'll be doing a shoot for a magazine. In the past few days, I've been rubbing elbows with a commercial and music video director, a film director, a game designer, a couple of photographers, and whatnot. Oh, I almost forgot... I also had another meeting regarding production of a TVC.

What are all these meetings for? They're mostly for a big event I have coming up soon, but a few are for a bunch of other (not necessarily smaller) things. I'll post details... at some point.

Anyway, I have to run. Ciao!

:: Exhale ::
The day is pretty much over now, and it hasn't been as bad as I first thought it would be. I'm still feeling a bit under the weather, but otherwise, I'm feeling good.

I've got a whole bunch of things to be excited about now. Sure, I've got more things to worry about as a result, but that's fine.

I can breathe now... at least when I'm not coughing.

:: @#$&^$* ::
The powers-that-be, it seems, have seen fit to make today a crappy day for me.

I hope my fortunes change before the day ends.

:: 4 Minutes Late ::
Blade Trinity
David S. Goyer
SM MegaMall Cinema 10
2140h - 18 January 2005

Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.

:: Lollipop Love ::
Gong Fu (Kung Fu Hustle)
Stephen Chow
Eastwood Theater Mall Cinema 3
2040h - 16 January 2005

Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.

:: Wish List ::
More than a year ago, I posted a wish list. Today, I did it again. I've made another wishlist on Froogle.

Aside from this, my new wishlist is going take up permanent residence on this blog's home page. If you'll notice a link to froogle on the left side, under the [me] section, that's it.

Is it obvious I've got nothing better to do now?

:: Impromptu ::
Whose Line is it Anyway? is absolutely hilarious, side-splittingly funny, mirthfully comical... you get the point. I, on the other hand, am being repetitively redundant, superfluous, and well... repetitive. Obviously, my mind isn't working very well right now.

Anyway, I'm digressing. Whose Line is it Anyway? is one of the most entertaining shows around. I just wish it would air more often.

:: 7.9 Pounds ::
my nephew:
Gonzalo Cruz
born to Peter & Pia
Friday, January 14, 2005

:: Gmail ::
I just realized I have a few extra Gmail invites. Is anybody interested?

:: Twenty Questions ::
I can't get over how popular the Juan Ekis play Twenty Questions is. Don't get me wrong - I'm not implying that the script isn't good. I'm simply amazed at how many people, over a year after the script was written, post about it on their blogs (additional link here) or spread copies of it through e-mail. I'm just... well... I'm at a loss for words.

I'm not really sure what my point is for this entry. Part of it is just what I said - I amazed at the popularity of this play. The other, more imortant part is the plain and simple fact that I would love to see it staged.

It has been more than a year since Twenty Questions won second prize in the 2003 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. It is a tragedy that it has yet to hit the stage. I sincerely hope it does so soon.

:: Sex Crimes ::
In her words: "Holy fuck on a cracker."

:: Insanity ::
Last night (or this morning) I dreamt I was taking pictures of tidal waves.

Strange? That's not the half of it.

I'll try to recount most of my dream - as far back as I can remember.

It starts (at least as I recall) on the drive approaching the town. Surprisingly, I wasn't driving. (On a side note, I remember that I was in large a yellow pick-up.) I just knew that I was excited. I was armed only with my (borrowed?) camera, a digital SLR (that in my dreams looked remarkably like a friend's old Canon EOS Rebel X) my backpack, which presumably contained the rest of my gear, and the clothes on my back. I was supposed to take pictures of people surfing, and I was supposed to do it from somewhere in the middle of town.

The town, at least it seems, was somewhere in the Philippines. Heck, I got there over land routes, and the people there spoke Filipino... but then again, it was a dream, so realism is thrown out the window anyway. The town was not your typical seaside Filipino town. It looked more like a European town, probably like the setting of Chocolat. Anyway, one of the key landmarks in my dream was what looked to be a bell tower. It could have been anything else, but it looked like a bell tower... the point is that it was the tallest structure around.

Anyway, back to the dream... as we were just about the enter town, I saw this huge wave. It must have been at least 50 feet tall - high enough for me to see it over all the buildings, and enough to frame the surfers on it beside the bell tower. It was also high enough to send a spray of water all the way to the truck I was in. Given that I couldn't see the beach (it was blocked by the town) and that we had the town between us and the beach, it must have been a heck of a large wave. Did I say that realism was thrown out the window? Well... I still believe that the physics in my dreams stay, for the most part, pretty realistic.

Moving on... when I finally drove into town, I immediately ran out of the truck, climbed up to another structure near the bell tower, and waited for the next wave to hit. I waited... and waited... and waited. In the meantime, I took pictures of anything else I found interesting - people on the streets below, surfers in the distance waiting for the next wave, the foam of smaller waves as they somehow reached the streets around the church. I waited until I saw the next big wave.

As this new wave approached, I cursed the camera's autofocus mechanism for refusing to focus on the water, forcing me to switch to manual. I couldn't take anything until the wave finally crashed into the bell tower, at which point I took a shot and turned away to keep the camera from getting wet. When I finally decided it was safe to finally take the camera out again and look at my shot, I woke up to a message on my phone.

Strange? I certainly think so. What makes it even more unbelievable? I actually remembered most of it.

:: Crime Night ::
From an old entry: "When in the world will CSI NY finally come out?" AXN Asia says April, but I'm not sure I can wait that long - not after seeing the Miami-NY epiosde as well the CSI:NY pilot.

I could download the rest of the episodes, but that raises a question: what will I look forward to every week if I've seen the shows already? Then again, I've said it before: "CSI episodes are always worth watching again."

:: Upping the Ante ::
A few days ago, I posted a little item about relief efforts for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami. By giving a dollar for every link to his post and to a list of other sites, Anders Jacobsen has promised to raise up to US$ 500 (PHP 28,115.00) in aid.

Now, the stakes are even higher. His employer has a program wherein they match their employees' donations while another blogger, Eliot Landrum, has likewise promised to match Ander's final donation. On top of this, some UK tax law means that the British Red Cross gets a little bit more bang for the buck from Ander's donation - an extra 28% more bang, in fact.

What does all this mean? In simple terms, each posting now raises $3.28 (PHP 184.43)instead of the original single dollar. Consequently, this raises the cap from some US$ 500 to US$ 1640 (PHP 92,217.20). A small amount compared the extent of the damage, I'm sure, but still a tidy amount, don't you think?

On a final note, the last time I checked, 130 bloggers had already posted these dollar (now $3.28) links, raising US$ 426.40 (PHP 23,976.47) in aid. Don't you want to contribute?

:: It Begins ::
Ocean's Twelve
Steven Soderbergh
Greenbelt 3 Cinema 2
2310h - 07 Jan 2005

Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.

:: More Words ::
The rumors are true. Six Apart has acquired LiveJournal. I'm wondering what changes will be implemented. I posted a rant about LJ several months back, and I wonder if I might finally post more entries on my LJ.

:: Words, Words, Words ::
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can help to heal me.

Anders Jacobsen has promised to aid victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami through the British Red Cross, through his blog, and through our words. According to him on this post:
Whether you give money, time or whether you decide to share your link-power; if you create a post on your weblog front page or create permanent links in your blogroll and link to the below organizations, then link to my blog and this posting, I will pay US$ 1 to the British Red Cross. I will visit/verify any blog trackbacking this post or showing up Technorati the next two weeks and donate accordingly.
The said links are listed below:
International aid organizations:
UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)
United Nations' World Food Programme
Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors without Borders (donate!)
CARE International
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Disasters Emergency Comittee (DEC) - comprises a raft of aid agencies, including the below and others
British Red Cross
Save the Children UK

North America:
American Red Cross
Canadian Red Cross
Save The Children
Oxfam America

Anders Jacobsen: Webloggers: Give to tsunami victims and I'll give too!

:: Scene It ::
I'm trying to remember all the features I saw in 2004, and I think I've covered everything in the list below. Note that if I've seen a movie already in 2003 or in previous years, it won't be listed below.

1. 2046
2. 800 Balas (800 Bullets)
3. 13 Going On 30
4. 50 First Dates
5. Ana y los Otros (Ana and the Others)
6. Babae sa Breakwater (Woman of the Breakwater)
7. Batoru Rowaiaru (Battle Royale)
8. Beautiful Boxer
9. Before Sunset
10. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
11. Citizen Kane
12. Contra Todos (Up Against Them All)
13. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
14. El Viaje de Carol (Carol's Journey)
15. Erotic Tales (Music, NR. 23, & The Gallery)
16. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
17. Faust
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
19. Historias Minimas (Simple Stories)
20. House of Flying Daggers
21. Imelda
22. Incredibles, The
23. Jackass the Movie
24. Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer)
25. Ladykillers, The
26. Malibu's Most Wanted
27. Nosferatu
28. Old School
29. Santa Santita
30. Shrek 2
31. Stepford Wives, The
32. Tasogare Seibei (Twilight Samurai)
33. Terminal, The
34. Troy
35. You Got Served
36. Ying Xiong (Hero)
37. Zatoichi

:: Blogging Resolutions ::
While reading through my entries over the past year, I noticed that I didn't really reveal much about me. This, of course, came as no surprise - there were a number of things I did opt not to write about. It was, however, slightly disappointing. Looking back, I think I could have written a few extra entries.

I'm not saying that the past year was totally useless. I'm sure at least a number of the past year's entries are worth remembering. Let me name a few.

February's only entry was about the birth of my nephew Anton. I'm not quite sure why I didn't write much then, but this month is memorable because of this.

April Fool's Day only comes once a year, and while I didn't really pull any pranks, I did get some people thinking.

On a related note, pictures from the one true story in my April Fool's Day entry enjoyed 15 minutes of fame. How often do you get to see a tree perched on a car?

Movie Love. Click here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and even here.

I asked a lot of stupid questions last year. I had random questions, more questions, more random questions, and even more random questions.

Just over 3 months ago, I published my 100th blog entry. I'm not quite sure what my total is now, but the number doesn't really matter, right?

The months of November and December were so hectic that I have no idea what to highlight. I believe the archives for the respective months speak volumes.

Now, reading through what I've just written, it seems I haven't tackled what I intended to write about. What, exactly, are my blogging resolutions?

I resolve to blog about the movies I watch. I probably won't write reviews about them, but I want to at least have a log of what I've seen.

I want to keep a more permanent record of my dreams, but I'm not sure if I want to post that online. Anybody care to give me a nice journal for that?

I should reply to other people's comments. I will try to do a better job of doing that.

I will... umm... err... I will end this post now. I can't think of anything else to put here right now.

:: Meet My Folks ::
Today my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
A fortune and a miracle, they have been together for 4 decades.
They're the reason I probably will never be cynical about love.
I love you Mom & Dad.

:: Dreams ::
Are you a lucid dreamer? In other words, are you aware that you're really only dreaming?

Do you remember your dreams when you wake up?

Have you ever woken up suddenly because of something that happened in your dream?

Would you believe me if I say that I've never had nightmares? How about if I say that I don't remember ever having any nightmares?

Do you dream in color? In black & white? In sepia or some other color scheme?

Are your dreams silent or do they come in THX surround sound complete with an Academy Award worthy musical score?

Are your dreams based in reality? I mean, do the events in your dreams follow the rules of physics as we know them?

Am I bugging you with too many questions yet?

Are you sure you aren't dreaming now?