Friday, May 08, 2009

On brains and bloodsuckers

So there's this link going around the net about the horrors being inflicted on the book reading masses of the Philippines by evil, money eating leeches of Bureau of Customs. I've heard some opinions ranging from mild indifference (some books are luxury items, and I don't mind paying taxes for them) to outright shock and disgust at what they view as a corrupt Government body cashing in on our right to self elevate our culture, literacy and overall intelligence.

Personally I fall on the 2nd category but that isn't really the point of this post.

The point is, this whole debacle was partially started by the success of the Twilight series
(yes, I have to put it in italics, because every time i see the title, I can imagine some annoying high-pitched, twittery teen girl gushing over it. The horror). And to those that don't already know it, I just hate that series. Now, the thought that I might have to pay more to get my book fix because of Twilight just makes my blood boil.

I don't really know why I hate it so much, maybe it's because of KC's descriptions. Or maybe I just don't like vampires. I think I did like them before. I mean, I liked the movie version of Interview with a Vampire because it had Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas and to a lesser extent, Christian Slater. Then I realized that the only female with a significant role was a very young Kirsten Dunst and that liking the movie was either kinda gay or perverted. So I stopped liking vampires. Now I think of them as nothing more than pale, questionably dressed monsters with droopy hairdos. In other words, the emo kids of the monster world. My recent troubles in getting a visa to the residence of Vlad the Impaler make me more convinced that vampires just plain suck.

I'd rather go with zombies. Seriously, who wouldn't pick zombies over vampires? They're funny and polite. They don't complain much, they don't fuss over what to wear. In general, they're a pretty easy going bunch. Zombies are just way cooler now.

Plus one of my favorite ongoing comic book series is about zombies.

Yeah, the whole post was just an excuse to say how much I like zombies.


Oh yeah, I've joined twitter as well. I doubt I'll be using it a lot though. Apparently, you can only write 140 characters per post (or twit?) which is pretty short. If you've read my blog before, you probably know that I don't do short.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

So let's try this again

Huh, more than a year. That's practically retirement. But here I am, and I really ought to start writing before I start feeling to lazy about it again, so let's get right down to it. Begin mega update post!!

Let's start with a quick list of things that have happened since my last post (a little more than a year ago):

  • dislocated my shoulder 3 times (including once inside the hospital)
  • let my hair grow long. Really long.
  • traveled outside the Philippines for the first time in my life
  • been randomly selected for spot checking at customs (which may or may not be because of my dashing good looks, I choose the former)
  • successfully tried sign language with a Chinese national under time pressue
  • bought zillions of comics (number may be exaggerated)
  • went to Boracay for the first time
  • had a visa application rejected for the first time
  • got my own place
  • got a t-shirt with Manny Pacquiao's signature (some time before the 2nd Marquez fight), which is getting more valuable with every fight, woo!
Ok! Now that that's over with, on to some random stuff

1. I am now practically broke because it seems my new found love for comics turned out to be more of an obsession. Conservative estimates have me spending around 70k for my whole graphic novel collection. So I'm happy and penniless. Story of my life I guess.

2. The official story of me getting my own place (and paying for it) is to ease the financial burden on my parents. But the truth may be closer to me not wanting to have a room mate after 27 years of having 1 (or 3). Ahh, sweet solitude.

3. I'm so easily distracted nowadays that I'm on the verge of ending this post right here and now just so I can read my older posts and surf the net. How's that for lack of focus? It's happened before, I have around 5 draft posts that will never see the light of day.

4. Ugh... oh well, till next time! (I hope)