Monday, December 30, 2002

texted cathy about what a big splash she made to the anime community. everybody's been approaching me with "omigod! you know pakunoda no kawaii???" she's been the topic of pinoy otaku anime chats everywhere! she replied saying she saw beerkada's strip last friday where leroy drew her (but of course, how can that loser possibly resist her!? ;) hehehe! she told there's gonna be another cosplay event march next year and she plans to dress up as Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop. Here's what faye valentine looks like, by the way...

Thursday, December 26, 2002

business as usual... literally threw a bum outta my fastfood because she's stinking up the place and picking fights. it's times like these i actually appreciate my intimidating height :)

as for the people who wondered how exactly cathy(hunterXhunter cosplayer, friend from UST theatre) looked like, here it is boys! ;D

what did you say? "...yeah, she's cute, but what's the big fuss all about?"

does THIS answer your question?

Sunday, December 22, 2002

merry xmas!!! presenting, my christmas drawing for 2002 :) whee!
friday, december 20

i practiced driving again (nonoy, what a brave guy, heheheheh!). i even drove my bro to school where he's a T.A. Then i drove on to the tindahan to deliver the kalderos of food for selling.

i was soooo nervous the whole time! i was also running out of gas! when it's time for me to mind the store i sent them to refill the car. then it's usual business. man the cash drawer, help the employees serve the food and clean up tables if need be. strangely though, my employees look at me more as a bouncer.

we get the usual share of beggars and the like crashing into the fastfood place to pester the patrons into giving them food, alms or just plain money. when i say "pester" i MEAN "pester"! most of them are even deliberately offensive. sheesh, we're supposed to feel charitable to people who get other people's hard-earned money by sympathy??? anyway, my employees are usually too scared or simply not forceful enough to get them to clear the place. so i used to use my "theatre-voice"(yeah, the kind that's supposed to carry out to the end of the friggin' auditorium) to tell them NICELY to get the heck out. getting their attention, they get the "dargon-glare", which usually sends them scampering. effective, yes. but it scares the heck out of the poor customers, too.

why not just give em what they want, you ask? look, i can be as charitable as the late mother teresa herself if i want to, but we already know the facts of life here. you give one pulubi something, that pulubi will spread the word, and soon, we'll be running free soup kitchen before we know it, everyday. you let em hound ya today, they'll hound ya forever. besides, i'm one of those people who'd rather teach a man to fish than give them one.

the main point here is that we work. they don't. which is why i'm less... scary to street vendors. i let them in the tindahan so they could sell, drink, and even eat. i secretly watch their stuff as well as the customers' belongings, since i heard that thieves may lurk inside. anyway, the vendors do honest work, just like the rest of us, unlike the beggars.

and lately i don't raise my voice anymore. i just tell them NICELY(in caps, due to effort at self-restraint) to leave my customers alone, at least until they've finished and left the establishment. if it gets any worse i personally escort them out. i eventually had to learn to hold one arm and shoulder to be sure they walk with me. gently, though, or it would be really rude. most of the time though i don't have to go through all that. the 'glare' alone works magnificently. 'glare', hmm, that could be a superhero name, heheheheh! jk ;D

going back to the rest of the day, i hurried home at 1pm, having to help with a catering job in an alcatel office party. in my rush i forgot i haven't eaten anything all day. i made a makeshift brunch while fighting the urge to pass out. i'm cursed with a tiny stomach that gets full too quickly and gets hungry constantly.

we eventually found miramonte where the alcatel guys are holding their christmas swimming party. i hauled the trays, kalderos and stuff up to the second floor, helping the others (yup, in my semi-formal catering whites. i guess i'm weird that way.) we helped serve too, while they try and hit on my younger sister. can't blame them though. i also tried counting how many actually came. because half of them came in late. i got so exhausted i took my turn to sleep at 10pm in the girls' cottage. i woke up at 11 to pack up and go home.

saturday, december 21

we arrived the gates of our home by 12:30, then managed to wake up someone to open the darn gate at 1am. we unloaded our stuff and got ready to bed. i slept at 2am.

i woke up 6am, proving my theory that i pass out in no less than four hours. i hurried to get dressed because i know my friend geoff is waiting at the station. since 530, in fact! and i got there at seven!

we reached megamall by nine am, going the alabang route. we bought the tickets at comic quest because we read that's where we can get it. i was surprised when i found that they also sell tickets at the place itself because no one told me so. i was more surprised when i found that only people who bought tickets at the place itself can get free tammy tamaraws! I mean, c'mon! the deal said we get 'em if we're the first 100 to get there! what did i wake up at six for?!!? cathy(girl i befriended back in the theatre days) was ranting right along with me. derrick and geoff saw two ballistic babes that day!

derrick was excited to see one of his entries make it into the exhibit, the one i named "Saka" for the mecha that wears a salakot. we were also surprised when randell texted us saying he was there too! i met a lot of people there.

ryan spotted me from their booth as we passed by exploring. he was giving out ashcans of "Stricken"(check out his art!) and "Class"(ariel's strip!) lyndon was busy signing books as i also met ariel and later on azrael, with a videocam.

a guy suddenly called my name approached me, introducing himself as roy afable. i asked him how he knew me since i only knew him by email. he said he saw my pic in one of the komikero sites. he's with blitzwork.

i was glad to finally see tintin again. we agreed to all go to lunch together(me, derrick, geoff, azrael and her) and went out to jollibee where we found some miakas and sakuras eating there. i was looking for keroberos, but no, i guess he didn't make it. tintin told me bout a cosplayer who dressed up as one of the villains in hunterXhunter, the woman in the suit whose blazer and open shirt has a neckline baring down to practically her navel. "who would have the guts to do that???"

back at the con, i saw cathy in... the exact costume we just talked about at jollibee!
Me: "I should've known!"
Cathy: "hey, we're actresses! of course we got the guts!"

we watched the cosplayers on the ramp. some of them are pretty good. the guys predictably cheered at the hot babes in hotter costumes. i also saw two mina's (from pasig, culture crash), one girl and one guy! and there are LOTS of slamdunk cosplayers!!! the best came from blitzwork! i saw two kyo kusanagi's, but the first one got to burst fire from his hand, which everyone thought was cool :)

we were all looking forward to the choreographed fight scenes. the first one really took us by surprise when he decided to stage a wrestling match with himself! man, he looked so weird it's funny! and we loved the original concept, which raised our expectations for the next contestants. another memorable scene is "Crouching Wolf, Hidden Rooster" it was great because it featured JM Chua, who totally in character, and the soundtrack was really from Rurouni Kenshin.

there's another group called the Yaoi boys or something, and the rest was just a bunch of boys trying to look like they're kicking ass without hurting anyone with the mostly the same jpop song playing in the background. geoff, a martial artist, was in utter agony as he watched them. he looked like he was trying to stop himself from storming up the stage screaming "that's not how you do a friggin' chinese get-up, you bleep bleep bleep!!! And you call that a kick???" yes, we all had fun :)

we left the con at about 3pm, where geoff said his good bye and went back home to san pablo. i was supposed to go to the class christmas party with randell and derrick when derrick went back in. we waited until he was back with a tammy tamaraw.

"how did you get that?"
"i bought it."
"that's three hundred friggin' bucks!"
"i know, but it's so cute and adorable!" ^_^

his exact words, ladies and gentlemen. i was surprised when he later on gave it to me as a christmas gift. i was so happy i was willing to make him all the friggin' nata de coco he wants.

Hello to all my friends who attended c3con!!! hi geoff! hi derrick(thanks for breakfast ;)! hi randell! hi cathy(been awhile, girl!)! hi ryan(galeng ng drawing mo!)! hi azrael(pinag-aagawan ka na naman ng mga girls mo a!)! hi tintin(missed you, girl!)! hi roy(i loved the slamdunk cosplayers! galeng!)! hi ariel(CLASSIFY! whee!) ! hello to carlo vergara, arnold arre, lyndon grogorio and budgette tan! whee!

and hello to the lifesize tammy tamaraw that we loved to poke and play with, however much the big blokes in black begged us to keep our hands off!

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

during that phone chat(where he was singing "super-cali-fragilistic-expia-lidocious!" over the phone) i received a call waiting and ended the call. it turned out to be kuya gerry. been awhile since i last talked with him. understandable because he's very busy. he's getting jitters :) but i'm sure he's more excited.

since i've finished the Sherlock Holmes Volume One i dared myself to break a code one my employees use. before i never even thought of attempting it. but my employee(gabby) left me quite a long note in a code he devised himself and he was confident i'll never be able to read it, or even try to.

remembering the methods mr holmes used, i managed to start slow. but as i read the rest of the note some of the letters look similar to conventional letters and i made guesses. most of them correct. soon enough i was deciphering the whole thing. i only gave up when i couldn't translate the tagalog parts (because of its heavy bicolano accent.) when i told him what i could read of it in front of his girlfriend, she got annoyed because some of it was unknown even to her. he had to fess up in no time. i guess he learned his lesson.

i finished all twisted books (thanks johnny!). if i ever get to face her, i expect i won't be fazed. if she's nice, then good. if not, then great, she's being her column character again. personally, being a publicly-professed bitch still doesn't give anyone an excuse to be a bitch(at least to undeserving people). the restraint she so often admires in directors, actors, artists and the like should be displayed by herself as well. sure, you wrote about how bitchy you are. it's more interesting and fun to read about it that way. but you don't have to be a bitch in real life. yes, you have the license. but at the same time, do you have the restraint? it's not about being afraid to be different or deliberately offensive. it's about being right.

there is no excuse to being an offensive bitch. we don't give a bleep how such a sob story your past is. everyone goes through tough times. everyone has their own (excuse me) shit. don't ever think you have it worse than everybody. that's vain. and whiny. snap the heck out of it and get a life and treat people right. there is no excuse for maltreating or abusing or hurting people. there are much better things to do with your time. i catch you giving anyone of my friends hell (or even me, but my enemies have since learned to scamper out of the way when they see me). don't be stupid. run. if you can't, apologize. if you can't or worse, refuse to, i'll throttle you.

no wait, i won't throttle you.

i'll beat the crap out of you.

Monday, December 16, 2002

whee! me so excited! me going to c3con!

derrick called last night(yes, long distance). we talked about where we could meet since we're going to ching's annual class reunion which we simply call xmas party :) i told him that azrael suggested that i go there 10am saturday so i could be sure i'm early... and hopefully be able to get one of those cute Tammy Tamaraw stuffed toys!

Dady Az! ipagkuha mo naman ako 'pag mas maaga ka o! :) i'll buy you a drink if you do!

then geoff invited me to go with him. if it's ok for him that we be there by 10am then great! i won't commute the three-hour bus ride alone. too bad i couldn't go back to laguna with him though, the christmas party goes 'til late night so i'm spending the night in manila.

Sunday, December 15, 2002

Whee! I've finally connected to the net! For some reason the pc keeps having errors. it's annoying to the point of insanity.

My sisters and I went shopping for christmas gifts to give to our godchildren. I still wonder why godparents are reduced to buying them gifts and toys every christmas when the original role is to raise the kids spiritually, like supervising their spiritual growth and stuff. hm, so what am i supposed to do? give 'em rosaries or something?

sigh. well anyway, i just hope they like the gifts. my financial resources is pretty limited. I'm still racking my brains on what to get my friends this christmas! I'm thinking of forgetting about buying that scanner and use the money to buy them gifts.

they've all been wonderful to me all year. How can i let them know that I am aware of the fact that i wouldn't have made it through my hardest times without them?

Thursday, December 12, 2002

my strip website is updated! check it out!

and my newest strip! i'll start making a website just for them! whee!
whoever the "genius" who thought up of rerouting and detouring my poor Wawa jeeps (poor, na Wawa pa! kawawa talaga!) should be dragged to the streets and shot.

i had such a hard time finding a friggin' Wawa jeep i ended up having to walk all the way from the tindahan to my house. bad trip pare! kainis! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

plan to make a batch 72 fan art. una nahirapan me kasi andami characters. Then i went on to tindahan to make bantay. while doodling i accidentally realized that i could draw the band in my chibi style! whee! i'll show you guys here when i'm done. hopefully may scanner na me. i plan to buy a scanner 21 or 22. and see C3CON! az said i should see it on sat, bacause that's when PMJR and the others are there. naku, e wala naman time si derrick samahan me kasi may pasok sa sat! hmmm...?

Monday, December 09, 2002

whew! ting visited last sunday! we had so much fun! we did ddr, played tekken and stuffed our faces(whee!). she agreed to leave her dancepad here we can make fools ourselves two at a time (hahahah!) then they left for home at 4pm, one to meycauayan and the other (vincent bea) to subic. yeesh, ain't it sweet how friends from the north end of luzon go to laguna for a visit? :)

i picked them up myself by driving there, because they came right after my driving practice. they witnessed my obvious display of progress when i ground the gravel as i pushed the brake a wee bit too hard, making the gravel scream(oops). they were laughing their heads off, and we switched drivers.

i'm still not sure if i can get online as often as i want. i'm still torn between using my cash to buy gifts or to buy a net card, i got my wedding invitation from kuya gerry na! whee! i'm still deciding whether to wear the blousedress i bought last saturday or the black chinese outfit dad took home from hongkong. the invitation is entirely handmade! we were all blown away at the craftmanship of it. it's so pretty! ate ilyn(the bride) made it herself, i heard.

whee! still coloring the last one tho :)

another strip! whee! two more to go and i'll put them in my website!

Thursday, December 05, 2002

Miho fanart

i'm presently enjoying Frank Miller's "Sin City" books! Miho is definitely my favorite character! right up there with maki otonotachibana from hiroaki samura's "blade of the immortal". here's a fan art i made of miho. i'll see if i can improve it a bit. the sailor school girl uniform is my idea ;)

Another Jac Strip

and here's another. i've colored another, but i haven't saved it for web yet. when i color the final two i'll modify the index :)

Monday, December 02, 2002

Jac Strips 1

ok! You can now view the earliest Jac Strip I have! You can check out my strip website if you wanna see more ;)