Friday, January 31, 2003

kiong si huat chai!!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Happy chinese new year! I just downloaded a mulan gif and colored it. I decided on mulan 'cause i was riding in this joke where everyone swears i looked just like her.

here's the first of my "Monthly Art Series". I've been wanting to do this, And I figured it would make sense if i start it with the new year. I scanned a magazine print ad and drew the models ans put them on top of their photo. hehehe! It's sorta like an exercise for me.

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

hello! I have finally bought my scanner, but i'm getting weird problems with the damn thing.

the first time we installed it, it worked a few times. then after the third scan we can't scan anymore.

It previews, then we set the resolutions and other settings, then as soon as we hit the SCAN button the PC errors and a window appears saying the scanner made errors with the MAPTABLE.DLL file. We checked out the file in the CD and the hard drive. my Norton said there wasn't any viruses. We uninstalled it and reinstalled it all night and all day. It still wouldn't work.

the next day my sister managed to get it working again after reinstalling it (again). I used it a few times (in less than an hour) before the trouble started all over again. exact same thing. i'm getting frustrated here :p

sigh. we bought a webcam as an afterthought. this one works, thankfully. So does my specs. I had a pair fitted for my astigmatism (i mentioned this before). we have a free option to have our lenses tinted. My lil sis opted to have hers tinted pink to match with her purple frames. I had mine tinted brown.

Thursday, January 23, 2003

I just realized that I never uploaded my grad pics here. So here they are.

and i found another pic from the wedding hehehe!

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

my old sim's dead. yeah, the (0917)975-32-43 one. I haven't used it (read: loaded) it for so long it died on me. snif, snif.

I kindly ask everybody for 5 seconds of solemn, mournful silence.

. . . . .

Okay! Thank you! Life goes on! Whee! ^_^

Dad brought home Nokia 3610's for my two sisters. I told dad I'd rather have a scanner than a 3610, so I'm getting my big sis' 3310 instead for a cellphone. Along with its sim, 'cause it has voice recordings of my nephew Mikko since he was only two months old. The recordings would be erased if the sim would be removed from the phone. If you wanna know my new cell number, email me at :) I'll reply to you as fast as I could!

PS Mikko is exactly eleven months old yesterday! Whee!

Monday, January 20, 2003

i went to the airport with mom and lil sis to pick up dad from the airport. grabe, dami chinese naglipana. puro nasa arrival. anyway, for the people wanting links to my other sites, here they are:

meron doon "back to index". click on that link. it will lead to my earliest page in geocities with the url so long I don't wanna bother typing it again here. explore my sites throught that index na lang hehehehe (tamad?)
papa's home! whee! ^_^

Sunday, January 19, 2003

I also got pc games. Make sure to return them though, I only borrowed them myself :) if you guys got any books to lend me you can drop 'em off there at the tindahan anytime.

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

I got books at the tindahan. If you guys drop by while I'm there, I could lend them to you :)
Happy Fiesta! Argh! So full! @_@ I have no idea just how much I just ate! I felt like I've been stuiffing my face from morning til night!

oh wait, I did.

Monday, January 13, 2003

dear papa,

Hello! Sorry I haven’t been able to email you lately. I was busy deleting spam(chain letters, etc.) from my inbox I run out of time to write to you. How are you? In less than a week we’ll all be together again! Whee! ^_^

Ok, we’ll shop in duty free this time. We are very happy too last time even when we had to forgo it to buy a computer. Because if it wasn’t for the emails we wouldn’t be able to have long talks during the Christmas season. We also get to send these cute animated cards. The cards you send are funny :D I’m already looking for Chinese new year e-cards to send you, but I thought you’ll be here before it happens anyway.

I’m glad it’s okay with Mr. Lim that you come home earlier than Jan 31. That’s so kind of him! I was hoping that I’d be proficient in driving by the time you get back here, but I still find parking a bit tricky. I manage to get the car out of the garage, but getting it back in is slightly more difficult due to the ground slope.

The Mardi gras is okay I guess, but we’d rather watch it on the local cable. That way we get to see close ups of the stars who come over here, instead of having to crane our necks squinting from the back of the crowd to figure out who the heck is onstage. I remember one night when wan wan was watching the Celestron channel. She was laughing her head off :) we could see everybody having fun at the stars’ antics onstage. And when we look out the window we could her their songs from the distance.

Allan, Beya and I went out to the streets last night. We rode a jeep to the welcome sign then had to walk from there. We asked Allan where he wants the three of us to go. He answered “Jollibee”. We took in the sights, lights and sounds as we made our way to its Rizal Avenue branch. There were bands playing on impromptu stages and food stalls lined the streets. Tables and chairs are set out and roped off for people who wanted to drink in the open air. The weather’s great, with just a slight bit of rain.

Allan waved and gestured with his hands as usual, so we walked on either side of him gently holding his arm. We let him sing all he wanted though because there’s a party atmosphere going on anyway. And he’s clearly having fun :) We reached Jollibee after going around the stalls and crowds. Beya fell in line while Allan and I looked for seats.

We talk with him all the time, telling him every decision and suggestion, and sometimes asking him between choices to make. The two of us found a vacant table but before I realize what he was doing he grabbed the leftover soda and finished it. I managed to stop him when he reached for the leftover sundae next. As I waited for the darn employee to put away the mess of leftovers from the table’s last occupants I eventually gave up and brought us to another table that’s already cleared.

From the new table we could see Beya in the line waiting for her turn to order. I pointed her out to Allan. Beya soon found us from her line and called me over to help carry the trays. I told Allan that I’ll get the food and will be right back before I left him to help Beya.

When I came back to the table with the first tray holding two Chickenjoy meals and 3 iced teas he said “Spaghetti,” looking for more. I told Beya that he wanted spaghetti as well when she arrived with the second tray, bearing a burger steak meal for herself and 3 sundaes. She said that these should be enough because it’s too late at night and he doesn’t need the extra calories. I was the first to finish off my meal, most likely because I was the hungriest, and that Allan kept grabbing my food. He especially likes the crispy chicken skin. Beya laughed at how we practically licked our plates(and sundae cups) clean!

Wan wan was texting us about the place having a street party that night. So far we haven’t seen much happening at 7:30pm. We walked out finding some guys selling necklaces with blinking/flashing light pendants. They looked very pretty wearing them at night out in the streets. Allan wore one that looked like a mini strobe light colored blue. I wore a red flashing dolphin shaped one. I kept making cracks about us being “jologs for the night”. Jologs means baduy or bakya :) Beya also bought one of those glow sticks (in red) like the one we bought when we were in Enchanted Kingdom.

We made our way to 7-Eleven to buy some necessities like tissue and 3-in-1 coffee mixes(Allan insists). He enjoyed going through he magazine rack so much we had a hard time pulling him away from it when it was time to go. On the way home we saw bands playing stages along Rizal avenue. But the crowd we so dense we could barely move. We basically had to push our way through before we reach the sakayan. We walked all the way back to the Welcome sign to check out the night crowd until we found a jeep home. Most Wawa jitney drivers recognize us that they automatically slow down and stop before we could say “para”.

We plan to have a little handa, but we’re having second thoughts about the ice cream because Allan and the others have the cough and colds. We’re definitely having chocolate rolls though, because we ran out of them during the4 Christmas season!

Thanks for the belt bag, I’d most probably use it when I’m minding the store. I usually just stuff the money in my pants so I can guard them everywhere I go. I can’t leave it at the cash drawer anymore. I‘ve since learned to go out with minimal stuff to carry because it’s such a drag having to deposit stuff at the counter whenever I go inside a supermarket or store. Thanks for the bracelet too, I’ve always preferred white gold to yellow. I find them timeless. And jade pendants? Cute! :) I’ll wear it whenever appropriate. I have the habit of not wearing expensive jewelry when I feel exposed in the street. I automatically remove and hide them when I step out to ‘notorious places’.

Take care papa! We love you!


Sunday, January 12, 2003

about that pre-colonial philippines thingy... is there anybody out there who could provide me with research materials how the pre-colonial philippines was? Especially costumes! I have this crazy idea to create an alternative universe where where philippines was never colonized (with a location like that??? we wish!) ;) just email me at

well, gotta go now. mardi gras today :)

Friday, January 10, 2003

FRIDAY, January 10,2003

I woke up before six am. Turned the PC on, and exercised while waiting for it to get ready (I hate waiting standing still). Then I went online and checked my mails. Edgar was online. Amie too. We all chatted a bit. I watched all of Ed’s animations for the first time. I wish I could learn to make animations like that! And Christian(who did the ed and ed clone voices) sounds exactly like a typical dubbed anime character!

After net I was told to watch the baby, help with the laundry, and do some random errands since I’m the fastest on my feet. Squeezed out excess water from soapy clothes out of the washer, dumping a fresh batch, then while it spins shake out the other batch from the dryer, place a new rinsed out batch, then bring the ‘spin-dried’ clothes to hang outside while waiting for washer and dryer to finish their spin cycles(forgive me for including all the mundane details, I kinda love water chores like laundry and dishes. Strangely I still hate cooking).

Like I said, I hate waiting. I have to do something. I think it was a main reason I win in Warcraft, Warlords and other strategy games. But I digress. Anyway, it’s also why I get sent to do other random chores. Like hanging the new curtains. Mom was having problems reattaching the wire to its hook to hold the curtains up because she couldn’t pull the wire straight enough. I ran to get a longnose then volunteered to finish the job. She asked if we should employ some masculine strength from my big bro Allan, but I decided I could handle it.

I realized we couldn’t reattach the wire because it was too short. Dad obviously pulled the wire tight and cut it to its extreme minimum capacity. Good thing mom pointed out the other end which was slightly longer, so we took that one off and hooked the first (short) end. Then I saw how dad twisted the 2mm-thk wire securely. So I ran to get the pliers to be able to grab the stupid wire to untwist it. I could understand mom’s idea of letting Allan do it, but I’ve always been known to have pretty strong hands(and an extreme Taurus tenacity). So I got the job done. Just in time to return to laundry and babysitting :)

By 11am though I had to go to the fast-food pronto because the cook just called reporting that rush hour started an hour early! It was because students were practicing for the fiesta(Jan 15) here in San Pablo, messing up their usual class schedules.

By the time I got there though the first batch is done. So I spent my time cleaning up the tables for dishwashing. Mostly because we had so many people coming to eat we ran out of clean plates and stuff. I was texting my friends the whole time about the stuff I’m leaving at the tindahan (I’ll get to that later).

Beho replied that he’s dropping by that day. By the time he arrived I was done cleaning up tables and serving food and drinks. So I was finishing up with my late lunch since rush hour’s done(not an hour early). He’s carrying an electric guitar along with his big backpack. He said he’s got band practice in Los BaƱos. I introduced him to my li’l sis Wanwan. We chatted a bit until I’m done.

Then he gave me my books back. They’re done making Thought Market #2(they printed my comics there!) and gave me a complimentary copy(thank you!) as well as lending me a feminist zine made by his friend(People always think I’m feminist, but I’m still not. Really. Uh, more on that later).

I showed him the stuff he could borrow. We did some new year cleaning at the house so I found the rest of my culture crash collection. We decided that he borrow the whole collection so he’d understand the serials. He said that culture crash felt like a dubbed anime though. But we both agreed that it’s tops on quality and standards.

I thought about this story idea that involves pre-colonial Philippines, and wondered what it would look like now if we have never been colonized. But I would need tons of research for that. He just said that I need someone to make the story for me. He even joked that he’ll write one so I’d draw it. I just laughed and said sure.

I remembered calling his house and talking to his mom. She’s really friendly, saying “Yes, I know you! Why don’t you come visit us sometime?” I was surprised. And amused. She’s really sweet. I asked him how she knew. He just said “Well of course! We’re grade school classmates. She must’ve remembered you from the class picture.”

“What class picture??? We never had a class picture! ...I mean, I never had.”

“What? Introvert ka kasi e! ‘Di ka sumasama sa pop group!” he joked.

“Nakakasawa sa pop group palagi e. Maiba naman!” I joked back.

After he left, we got ready to go too, getting clearance from boss-mom, with a request to buy her big ripe dalanghitas. We checked the bills to pay, and listed future payments so we could set aside cash early on. The we went to buy the citrus delights on the way home.

At home I got dressed and read Jawbreaker, the feminist zine. It was a fun read :) They fearlessly tackled so many issues that schools wouldn’t even dare bring up. I get repeated references to catholic-school girls. My high school(and college) was catholic too. So I laughed at the nostalgia of things like watching ‘silent scream’ and listening to speakers who plead us to never fornicate. At the time, I didn’t relate at all because boys wouldn’t even look at a bony 14-yr old giraffe like me. And they’re asking me not have sex??? Noooo problem! :D

When I’m done I was so impressed I decided to write them. I felt like doodling while writing so I’m writing a snail mail. Inserting my doodles is something I can’t do online. Yet :)

But then I got asked to fix the meter-long fluorescent bulb that wouldn’t light because I was the tallest. When we replaced the bulb and it still didn’t work, we tested the starter by switching it with my desk lamp’s. It worked. I couldn’t write my letter as fast though since my desk lamp lost a starter. I’ll find a new when I get to bayan.

We had dinner at 9:30pm, watching Celestron channel for the progress of the fiesta that has been going from January 7 to 16. We would’ve liked to go and check it out ourselves, but we have yet to see a good reason why we should bother going out :)

Thursday, January 09, 2003

thanks to ed i got to dl some pics from kuya gerry's wedding. :) hello amie! hope to see ya soon! dad's coming home on jan 27 pa pala. he has a lotta work in china pa daw e. and i'm meeting some friends on jan 26 :)

Monday, January 06, 2003

yipee! they finally sent us the xmas party pics (the one we went o right after the c3con).

ok, traze just sent me her pic. hope it's ok if i post it here hehehehe ;)

Saturday, January 04, 2003

congrats nga pala to kuya gerry and ate ilyn! kick-ass invitations! talk about handmade! ;D

people ask me how kuya gerry's wedding went, since new year has come and gone i haven't talked much about it.

let's just it all started with me being home alone because went on a trip while i stayed behind to mind the store and the house. we didn't plan for them to stay that long that nobody could help me get ready for the wedding(because my fashion sense consists of "t-shirt, jeans, boots, tshirt, jeans..."). i called kuya gerry to ask them to pick me up, because i haven't arranged for transpo. then i called my fam so they got to tell me i could find a dress at the bottom dresser if i rummged long enough. they also told me not to wear t-shirt, jeans or boots because if i do they'll throttle me, "...and for god's sake, wear some make-up!!!"

motivated, i found the dress. and the shoes. and i ransacked my mom and sisters' kikay kit and played dress-up. and i really brushed my hair. i managed to put on make-up as correctly as possible, thank goodness for tracy's 'training' when she brought to the modeling agency. back then, she put on my makeup, all the while explaining how it's done, and she makes me practice whenever i can.

right on time, kuya gerry arrived with his bro. i walked to the front of the gate where they waited and we sped off to the cute little chapel in wawa. there we set up the stereo for the wedding soundtrack, and made some soundchecks. kuya gerry was muttering "i'mgonnakillthemi'mgonnakillthem..." when he found out that people never came earlier than 3pm, which is when the wedding is supposed to start, so we sorta waited until enough people came to start. i was milling around chatting with the people who came, gerry's mom even thanked me for helping, since i volunteered to operate the stereo for the background music. then kuya gerry told me to get start working ;) heheheh!

as the wedding commenced, it came it pretty good. it kinda weird though when some old guy photographer took my picture while i was hearing mass. but then there was this one guy whoran around the whole chapel lugging this humongous videocam. impressive hardware, but it's kinda funny 'cause kuya gerry seemed to be trying not to laugh as this camera guy pointed his cam straight at him. kulang na lang kausapin nya yung pari, "father, excuse lang ha? kuha lang ako ng magandang angle... there's my oscar clip!!!"

after the ceremony we held a picture taking session, when my duties are over :) it was THEN that we saw ryan, leinil, edgar, augy, and company running down the aisle trying to catch up to the wedding! nakaabot sila sa picture :)

i rode with gerry's bro and his fam to the reception. their kid played toy cars with me the whole time in the chapel and in the car. at the reception i saw rono's place for the first time :) the place looks great. and well furnished. the catering was very organized. and they have creative dishes.

it was funny how jim at first would introduce leinil to the kid as "the best artist in the world" to "the biggest stomach in the world" nil invited me to go along with him to for a round to at the buffet. i was really planning to go back anyway. i never claimed to eat like a bird :) edgar sat beside me and was fun to be with. jim was great with the kid, doing "magic tricks" and teaching him how to do them. ryan and gilbert talked about how darna is so delayed it didn't make its golden anniversary. gilbert was also really sweet with his new wife glenda (aww :)

i saw karen kunawicz for the first time, but i didn't approach her because well, nahihiya ako. same with budgette. i was planning to give him a batch72 fanart i made because i really enjoy the comics. the concept is great :) i just hope we could manage to make a comicbook that happens in ust for a change, or anywhere but UP when it comes to philippine schools! hehehe!

i also met a lot of my high school teachers there, because they happened to be the wedding couple's friends. i was glad i looked decent enough that night, because they said they were pleased at how i grew up (from the high school geek? sure :) one of them, miss lajara (who was my PE teacher) even agreed to drive me home. it was only too bad that i barely got to taste the fondant 'cause i never tried one before (ok, EVER). i hurriedly asked budgette tan's companion to give my fanart for me. a few days later kuya gerry told me that budgette got the fanart. he didn't say though if it's good or not. i'm glad enough that he didn't SAY it was bad :)

Thursday, January 02, 2003

just talked with tracy, another otaku friend of mine. when i met hershe was into fushigi yuugi, last i heard she's into starlights (a spin-off of sailor moon, sort of). she loves drawing as much as i do. she sent me a drawing she made which sher colored in photoshop. i'm still working 0on silaw, because i get stumped when itry to color the chrome gold parts. help, anyone? if you could show me how chrome gold is rendered i'd appreciate it very much! i'm rushing to finish silaw because the komikeros are supposed to meet this january.