Thursday, October 31, 2002

check this site out, i uploaded my works here.

great... i still don't get how to post pics up here... grrrrr.

last friday i met up with elem friend. And kuya announced last thursday that the next komikero meeting is on novenber 24. i forgot what time and place though (d-oh!).

and practiced driving as again. i was made to drive from the conducto bowling place to concepcion. our driver flashed the hazard signal to let 'em know it's my first time out on the street. and they showed their sympathy by overtaking three at a time while blowing their horns. i was going so slow i could hear a tambay in a gas station laugh his head off. the engine died when i tried to go forward again after being stalled by an unloading jeep. grrrrrr. that's when the driver and i switched back because the practice place can only be reached by crossing a highway. he thinks they're too fast for me yet.

after literally driving around in circles i let mom give it a try. sher came along so we could show her the place. it's very pretty. lotsa trees and shade. so i got burned less :) mom, by the way, turned left too slow on a T on the road where if she failed to turn we'd drive ourselves off a ravine. i suddenly knew how the driver felt when i did the same thing and he pleaded with me to let him jumpo outta the car first. I wanted to jump outta the car myself when mom took the wheel! hehehehe!

but all in all we had fun. and the driver said mom drives slower, which i should. he enjoys it when i drive fast, 'cause it makes breezes in that hot day when our aircon's busted. his complaint is that i don't slow down when i make a turn. so i should practice more on starting again from a full stop without killing the engine. mom got that part, but she insists on driving slow. he's not worried about it. he knows we'll pick up speed when we get more used to it.

uh... kuya, please help me fix the image? i kinda ruined it (blush)

oh, and i uploaded a new site. DRIFTER is a little sequential i made back in college. check it out:

if i still don't get that asian girl script i'll post my stupid poems instead wahahahahah! ;D
my fam laughed their heads off when they saw the attachments i downloaded of "BIG reasons why beer na beer is better than smb". then i worked on the halloween cards so i can send them tonight :) hopefully you'll see them. please don't criticise too harshly! i only had a day to do them!

then i went to mind the store after a hurried brunch of hotdog and rice (i'm NOT COMPLAINING :9) things went smoothly, if uneventful. being a holiday and all. Happy halloween by the way!!!

geoff came by to lend me some pc game cd's. he caught me drawing a halloween caricature i'm supposed to give to my friend when we meet. And i didn't recognise him until after he paid for his meal! ack!!! if i knew he wouldn't have had to pay!

anyway, he lent me Sims (we've been playing it and us three sisters had been having such a laugh i forgot getting online to chat with derrick. he had to text me to remind me!), fallout2, dogz, Master of orion II, and a book about tai-chi. just in time. i'm done reading kuya gerry's books (with the exception of sherlock holmes). i'll enjoy reading this as well. hopefully i'll learn plenty.

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

when i have the time i'll downlod mp3's like "Colorblind" and "When Doves Cry" by the kids' choir in romeo+juliet. and maybe that song by ashanti, "Happy" or something.

my boring life so far:

i measured the floor area of our diner so we could figure out how much linoleum we should get. we should've gotten 8m for the looks of things, but the 7.5 worked out. Me, my mom, and our two employees went down and got dirty as we went through 4 bottles of rugby gluing the darn thing onto the floor. (Aaaaaack! the fumes! the stink! the... whoooooaaaa.... heavvyyyy man! wrehehehehhe)

we checked accounts and found some cash unaccounted for, after a wild goose chase of asking everybody we found it. i got my suweldo for the week (ha-ha) enough to buy me netcard. And shampoo. and conditioner. And lightbulb for mom's table lamp. and extension for that, too.

wanwan minded the store with me. and drove all the guys and boykids crazy when they found out how gorgeous the diner's namesake is. sometimes she enjoys it (when cute guys adore) sometimes she doesn't (when un-cute guys do) and scampers at the back of the store.

i still drive at fridays, and it was so hot outside with me wearing long-sleeves(remember the sunburn last time?) that i practically jumpoed out of my sweaty clothes as soon as i got home. as for driving progress, i can go to segunda(second gear) now, and mydriver still complains(between screams of "STEP ON THE BRAKE! STEP ON THE BRAKE! YAAAAH!!!") that i drive too fast for a beginner.

i've read all of kuya gerry's comics again, including this new batch. i've enjoyed them all immensely :) if not for these i'd be bored out of my mind!!!

i finished both stories of battle realms. i'm seeing to installing new games, but i can also use my pc-time reading "arabian nights" and "grimms' fairy tales" in their undiluted forms. and aesop's fables, too :)
net vampire is positively mystifying me!!!! i went back to using DAP (sowy kuya!!!)
i'm thinking of getting a some corrective glasses. years ago( ! ) i had this free check-up who told me i don't have 20-20 vision. just 25-25. and astigmatism. that ain't so bad right? so i put off getting myself the glasses.

what the heck is astigmatism anyway????

anyway, i can ask my dad for the frames from the shop he works in, in china, it would slice off the price a bit.
It worked! Derrick suggested I right-click desktop to go to properties display. Eventually i clicked RESET and DEFAULT in exasperation (newbie!!!) and wa-hey! it worked! it fixed the problem :) I can use my photoshop 7 again! wheee!!!

and now my site is an full color! and fixed! check it out!

and explore around

for any new links i've put in.

Monday, October 21, 2002

i just found my site has a lot of messed up links! use the index to read the strips for now. i'll fix it tomorrow! have to go beddy bye now!
i finished playing battle realms! and kuya gerry lent me more books. I've finished reading Daredevil Year One just now, all five books of them. and Neil Gaiman's Alice Cooper.
the picture below is taken from my nephew's baptismal. I'm one of thirty godmothers. And yes, the lucky kid has thirty more godfathers. If you're still wondering which one of them I am, just sing this song:

"Alin? Alin? Alin ang naiba? Isipin kung alin ang naiba? Isiping mabuti! Isipin kung alin! Isipin kung alin ang naiba!"

muheheheh! oooodiba! saulo ko pa!!!

i finally uploaded my website!!! check it out!

Sunday, October 20, 2002

sigh... it's still too bright. i'll see if i can reset the settings or something without losing any files. anyway, i'm getting addicted to battle realms! i've reached that level where i have to defeat the lotus clan with the help of the monks. i played until 2am. then when i tried shutting down it was taking so long i pressed the reset button. the reset button didn't pop back up.

i mean where there was a reset button, there was now only a hole! good thing the reset worked and i successfully shut the pc down. after that i pulled the plug off power supply, disconnected all the cables to my cpu, and checked out its back how the casing is attached. i found 'positive' screws, so i tried sneaking downstairs to get my self a philipps screwdriver from dad's toolbox. of course, my mom and sis noticed me sneaking around so they knew i'm in trouble somehow ahehehehhe!

"hey, you've been playing there for hours! you didn't damage the pc did you?" EEP!

i found the tool and went back up to take off the casing. i peeked in and found to my dismay that there was a secondary casing for the front of the cpu! might as well, good thing it can be taken off by the same tool. after releasing the screws i carefully lifted the front casing to see it connected to the insides by a buch of umbilical-like wires, well duh! it WAS the power switch!

so anyway i can't place the casing far enough for easy access in fear of tugging the wires too much, but i saw the problem, and i figured it out. the button fell off the switch, and the switch fell off it's notch that keeps it in place. by then my sis found came in and saw that something WAS wrong, because her pc newbie younger sister who wouldn't dare to change window settings was found dismantling the cpu to its bare wirings and boards. i told her what i found so far. she just wanted to be assured that i know what i was doing. "So far," i just replied.

she got me some super glue from the ref (mighty bond and stuff lasts when put in the fridge. it just does. do it) which i used to glue the button to its switch. then i put the switch back to the notch in the hole. it was snapping on its one side, but not the other. it was why the button fell off in the first place. i tried to have it snap onto the other side but all i got is hurt fingers. so i just put the casing back on ang tried the button. it was working fine. but i'm still careful when i press it. i slept at 4am.

which is why i woke up at noon, and kuya called. i'm happy he's home safe, and he said i could scan at his place. whee! all day sunday it was basically play battle realms, watch the kid play half-life, eat, go to church, play more battle realms, help with the dry laundry, play with the baby nephew, and sleep. in random and repeating order.

i plan to limit my battle realms on weekends, so i can do photoshop during the week. the stupid monitor is still too bright though.

Saturday, October 19, 2002

AAAAAAAAAARRRRRGH!!!!!!! my monitor is too bright again!!!!!!!!!!! i dunno why but it really sucks when it does! it got like this too before i had my stupid pc hard disk reformatted! I don't like this at all! it screws up my photoshop dargummit!!! curse ABC Computers! I've had it with having to go all the friggin' way to the third floor of friggin' megamall!! they suck! big time, man! darn! bad trip!

Friday, October 18, 2002

I was tapped awake again this morning at 8am by mom, saying the driver’s here to teach me driving again. I was puzzled ‘cause big sis told me that I’m not taking driving lessons this week because the driver shall take mom and lil sis to nova. Now mom’s saying that they’ll commute so they don’t need him at all.

Turns out that dad suggested big sis to stay home while the driver takes the two to nova. But big sis wants to go to Batangas, while mom doesn’t want to have a driver ‘cause they plan to overnight. Hmm, conflicting goals.

Anyway, it’s too late for me to learn driving anyway ‘cause the sun would be too hot too soon. So big sis hired the driver to take her to Batangas while mom and lil sis commutes. I just got ready to go out and get my student driver’s permit.

Mom lent me the originals for my birth certificates and gave me some money to pay the phone bills before she left. After my shower I braided my wet hair, pulled on a tank top and denim jeans, and a denim jacket. I had a breakfast of instant beef noodle soup before I hauled my brown backpack and went on my way.

I walked to the corner where I could catch a Tanauan jeep to LTO, then looked for a Xerox machine there. They said it wasn’t available yet so they suggested I go to the one across the street. It cost me P2 each. Rip-off.

I crossed the street again back to the LTO office and went back up the stairs where I eventually asked a girl how I could get my student permit. She asked for my birth certificate (I gave her the one from the hospital. I thought the one from census is too dark in the copy) and gave me a form to fill up. She then stapled the papers together and told me to go to Window 1. I passed the papers there, where I was told to wait for my name to be called.

The wait wasn’t as long as I expected. But I didn’t expect them to take my picture either. I thought they don’t need pics when you’re below the non-prof level, but I learned the hard way when I hurriedly put my braid to the side, wishing I had time to let my hair down instead. I also wondered if it would be better if I took off the jacket.

The lady then told me that it’s already 11am so I might have to come back for it after lunch break. I paid P170 for the whole shebang and asked them what I was supposed to do next. She said the next step is to go to the cashier. I was unsure if I should wait in front or sit down somewhere. But since there weren’t any vacant seats I was left without much choice.

Not too long after my name was called again and the lady was a bit surprised when I popped up in front of her, since I have been waiting all that time anyway. She fixed up the papers and gave me some receipts and told me to proceed to the Window 3. This time I found vacant seats, probably because it’s almost lunchtime. When I went up to the window I was given this little piece of sorta-stiff paper stapled to a bigger paper.

That was my license. I looked at the picture: as I expected, my eyes looked like I was shocked out of my wits, my skin was too shiny, and I wished like hell that I put on some rouge. I could hear my mom and sisters saying, “We told you so!” because I rarely bothered to put on makeup. Well, at least my lips are still shiny. And I was glad I kept my jacket on.

On the jeep back to San Pablo I found the expensive Xerox machine left me one peso short for my fare. Okay wait… I found three quarters… nuts! Still a quarter short : 6 I asked the kid sitting beside me if she could spare a quarter (embarrassing!). She dug around her pocket ‘til she pulled out an old P10 bill and gave it to me. I gave her my 3 P1 and 3 25-cent coins and thanked her.

I got off at the market place and walked to our store. Good, I wasn’t late. And the people followed our advice to make preparations for the rush hour, and things went more smoothly than before. I had lunch of giniling but managed to eat a little. It soon got pretty warm that I took off the jacket. I was somehow feeling a bit ill but I just concentrated on getting the job done.

I’m enjoying my helping out at the store more because the people I work with are more comfortable with me now, and I’m more confident with managing what I can. I separated the money from the cash register for the bills to pay so it became easier for us to decide which accounts to prioritise and stuff.

Everybody’s counting on me for decision making because the rest of the family’s out. I’m glad I’m more confident with how I did, without having to call or text mom. I was supposed to have an employee pay the phone bills, but she had to do the groceries which is out of the way, so I decided to do it myself so I’d know how. Besides, it’s on the way home.

I paid bills for rice and soda deliveries and gave the manager a cash advance, and took the rest of the money home with me. It’s pretty far; I should’ve ridden on a jeep, but I walked from the market place to the PLDT office, where I approached one of the ladies to ask how to pay the bills. She asked for the bill statements that they send over the mail, and then gave me receipts that I was supposed to bring to the cashier.

There she summed them all up, and I paid for it. And it’s done. I walked out and hailed a jeep home. The reason I walked was that I’d pay double if I rode a jeep to PLDT. And besides, the walk made me feel better and cleared my head. I got home and peeled off the sweaty clothes, assured that the house was empty. In a cool cotton housedress I walked over to my pc and played…

I still can’t figure out how to install “warcraft3” so I uninstalled it and tried figuring out how to install “battle realms” instead. It took me an hour to install it, and then I bungled it and took me another half-hour to fix it (am I a newbie or what?). After testing and repairing it thrice I managed to make a working desktop shortcut. Whew! Ahehehe!

Thursday, October 17, 2002

i woke up, did yoga, took a morning shower, ate breakfast, watched tv, and got dressed to mind the store.

at least, that's the order i wanted it to be ;)

at the store i had lunch and did my job. had some bills paid, errands run, and items bought. oh, and took some lunch food home for the fam waiting at home.

whick leads me on a merry trail from the store, to the photo center, to the supermarket, to the cable company, to the net office, and finally home, with me tired and broke after paying bills and buying stuff. at least it ain't my money. yet.

i got home, colored another strip, and watched anime. yep, all those tagalog dubbed things! from detective conan to hunter x hunter to inu-yasha. as much as their voice acting annoys me. why? because the cable company (yes, the one i paid earlier) shows axn anime in japanese(good) but without subtitles(bad!). for a while i tried watching it and guessed what the story is about by context clues...

"dame! dame! dame yo!!! yamete kudasai! seresturonu! omae o korosu!!!"

yep, back to the darn tagalog dubbed anime.

watched younger sis' bf play our half-life. geez, it looks a lot harder than i thought! do i have patience for this? i know i can be stubborn, but is this worth it? sheesh. it looks good though. maybe when i'm done with my personal projects. i'm enjoying the game enough for now just cheering the poor guy while my sis becomes an award-winning back seat gamer. she kept shoving and slapping his shoulder and scolding whenever he dies in the game. "better not die again, she's kill you." heheheh!

had dinner. corned beef just the way i liked it. ginisa. with sabaw. with lotsa onions. good thing i brush my teeth.

then more half-life. then sleep. then my older sis woke me up 'cause she was downloading something and she wants me to surf while she go do something else so her card won't be such a waste.

and here i am. bye-bye! ja!

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

I'm listening to the demo cd right now, the one az gave me :) he put in the songs he and his friends wrote and performed. and he printed my fan art along with the rest in the cd cover! whee!

you see, my mom and i went to manila to pick up something dad sent from china. we had to pick it up in mandaluyong because his boss comes to the Philippines often, and figured it's cheaper to bring it along instead of sending it by post or something.

after that we went to megamall. we bought 3 retro tops, those things that are light and have these flared sleeves, for me, mom and sis. we also bought a pillow for mikko. and two wall clocks. one's green(my favorite color) to match the sofas(my choice) and a funky bright candy yellow(think iMac) to put near the pc. a-heh, mostly so we could time how long we've been online. especially me! I'm getting to be a net addict! uh-oh!

it's when we were choosing the clocks that az caught up with me. we're glad to see each other again and i had it cleared up that the movie they made was a sort of pet project so they thought it wasn't such a big deal that they have to ask permission or anything. I dunno. i suggested they mail him a letter apologising for having to make the movie with or without his permission because they were pressed for time. and at the same time formally asking permission in the probability that the short half-hour film would be shown. az was also kind enough to accompany us to the bus stop and stayed until we got on a bus.

hmmm, hope i remember to get a student driver's license tomorrow. have to study driving this friday. oh, and friday is also lola's bday. mom wants to go to novaliches for the bash. we all would like to go but the car is not exactly in perfect shape so we don't trust it enough to transport the baby with it. >sigh< soon, i hope i can be skillful enough to drive them to nova myself. to anywhere, for that matter :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Oct 15 was mom's birthday! I managed to send birthday cards last night, one of them with johnny bravo saying "happy birthday hot sexy momma" hehehehehhe!

morning, mom thought she's gonna have a bday that she has to prepare for herself...

afternoon, we surprised her with a custom made cake (my sis designed it), gifts, flowers, and more pizza!

at the end of the day she said she had a happy birthday :)

finished coloring my 8th strip. learning to use photoshop7 more and more :) fun! 'one guy' asked me to do a caricature of him in wolverine style... hmmm. i wonder where i can get pics of him...

installed half-life! wheee! my first major pc game! i only finished 3 video games in my entire life: super mario land in gameboy, starcraft in pc, and front mission 3 in ps1. this will be the first game i'll play with my own hardware!!! whee! i was hoping it would be warcraft 3 but i still have to figure out if my pc meets the requirements...

Friday, October 11, 2002

not much happened this week. bought own net card. finished autocad learning assistant. finished reading all comics lent to me. hunting new books to read. finding more things to do. decided to color my comic strips for uploading. thinking of selling anime caricatures to students. or chocolate shake. or both.

went to driving lessons this morning. scorching sun burnt my left arm to raw red. gonna be golden brown tomorrow for sure. mental note: wear long sleeves. or sunblock. eyes still hurt from glare. didn't stop me from enjoying my photoshop 7 tho. watched jacky chan's the tuxedo for P40 for de luxe seats. sounds are crappy, can't hear what they're saying over the whine of some machinery. aircon or something.

went grocery shopping with mom after. then had snacks. macaroni and brazo de mercedes in liana's supermarket.

Monday, October 07, 2002


used autocad learning assistant. fun :) went to church. prayed. bought new netcard. met with mom at liana's supermarket after. went grocery shopping with her. after that we had pizza and pearl coolers in greenwich at the 'mall'. had a long chat and learned lots of things. went home. wanwan served me dinner by bringing it upstairs. then she kissed me goodbye and left for university.


went to mind the store. kuya gerry picked me up so i can tag along at this art contest he's being a judge for. met a lotta people. had a little fun. walked from water district office (where the contest was) to palengke. he then helped me with the pc again. when he left i invited him for dinner.

Sunday, October 06, 2002


called ABC Computer, 3rd Floor Megamall A, to confirm that I'm going there tomorrow to have my hard disk replaced 'cause it got a bad sector less than a month after i purchased their pc package. Last time I went back because they didn't give me the proper power cord for my printer. My patience is waning...

Watched "the clerks" 'cause I have to return the vcd to azrael tomorrow.

sent one of my people to remind our driver that i'm hiring him for tomorrow's mega trip. i have it told that he should be in my place by seven am.


woke up six, packed up pc for transport, ready to get out by seven. by eight we're in sto. tomas batangas, by nine we're in alabang, by ten we're in mega. had breakfast. sent for ABC people to retrieve pc from car. hard disk replaced. formatted done when azrael came. glad to see him again. been a while. returned vcd's "DANCER IN THE DARK" and "THE CLERKS". he joined us for lunch with mom. had the monitor checked out too. seems ok now. backed up 'my documents' files. went around mega to canvass treadmills for bro. mom got az to try one of them out, too :) cute.


called up beho to say that the pc is fixed and that i can install his programs now. he said he can drop 'em off at the resto. when he did we left together and caight up with each other, 'cause we sorta lost touch of each other since grade school. he's doing this punk 'zine or something. i lent him my cd of art samples so he could decide whether i could help. i offered to help him with his thesis. he offered to help me with my pc. i think it's a fair deal :)

Wednesday, October 02, 2002


finished reading all other comics i lent. that would be bone, death, saint of killers, black orchid, winter's end 2, and neil gaiman's midnight theatre. Aaaaaah :)

tried to do first few pages of a comics i thought up, then trashed it. i think that's how lucien gets to keep them, when we get unsuccessful at retrieving them.


tried to just write a darn script, instead of the whole comics itself. trashed it too. i told my younger sis about it. she asked why tell the same story we've been taught since grade school? everybody knows that! I began to feel doubts deep inside...

then fought it. I said I'd like to try and tell it in a different way. to let everybody realize that it's actually important to know. I wrote again, this time like my private journal, sorta like a poem... I finished it.