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Ian and I were at Mall of Asia yesterday to hang out because it was just too hot and too boring at home (our TV is still dead), and after a nice lunch at Tokyo Cafe, we scanned the activity calendar because we noticed that there seemed to be an unusually high number of otaku-japorms in the area. Of course, it also helped that we saw a guy with blonde dyed hair and plaid pants, with a giant backpack and a KAMEN RIDER helmet under his arm, waiting for a cab. Sure enough, we saw that there was a Tekken Tournament in progress at the time, and we eventually found the poster with the announcement and the tournament details on it.

As it turned out, director of Tekken 6, Mr. Katsuhiro Harada attended the event as one of the judges, and there were also Tekken cosplayers present. Of course, with both Ian and I being fans of the series, we headed for the activity area to have a look-see.

Judges' table

Tournament photos )

Just a short, grainy video that I shot with my phone. ^^;;

I was actually pretty excited to be there, especially since they had a guest like Mr. Harada present. However... the event could have REALLY used a bit more planning than that. It's a BANDAI NAMCO event, for heaven's sake!

Anyway, I suppose my main points of complaints would be:
- the sucky venue. It was outdoors, on a hot, humid, Philippine afternoon, and EVERYONE... contestants, staff, judges, onlookers, us... were all dripping and stinky with sweat. Honestly, couldn't it have been somewhere air-conditioned, at least?

- 4 matches at a time doesn't seem too bad, but I was a little disappointed that only one random match was shown on the video wall. I wish there could have at least been 4 big monitors, or maybe a split screen at least, so that everyone can watch everyone's matches. Some matches that were NOT on the screen were actually pretty awesome, and I think it's a shame that they weren't given due appreciation.

- I felt sorry for the cosplayers, having been asked to just stand behind the judges the ENTIRE time. T_T

- I felt sorry for the judges since they were pretty much stuck in that heat and discomfort. Their only advantage was that they were seated and they weren't being crowded by other people.

- there were these big-ass fans in the area... which blew hot air around. Yep, the day was just THAT hot.

- the event coincided with the annual Level UP! LIVE 2008 event at the World Trade Center. Personally, I would have moved the Tekken event to another date, not just because the LU event is HUGE and would most likely draw everyone there, but also because it would be more convenient for players who want to attend both the LU event and the Tekken tournament. :/

Because of the heat, Ian and I were really starting to get dizzy, so we didn't stick around for very long. We left by the time that contestant 35 or so was being called, and this was just for the first elimination round. We have no idea how long the event lasted, but we're guessing it must have ended by about 5pm or so (which would have meant that everyone was in that area for at least FIVE HOURS???).

Sigh. Oh well. I just hope that the Japanese guests don't get scared off by this experience and refuse to accept future invitations to similar events in Manila. ^_^;;
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(UPDATE 14) Tank breaks into hotel lobby
November 29, 2007 11:15:00
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines -- An armored personnel carrier has broken into the lobby of the Manila Peninsula Hotel where Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and his supporters have been holed up since Thursday morning, according to INQUIRER.net reporter Thea Alberto.

Before this, tear gas was lobbed into the lobby as an armored personnel carrier fired bursts of machinegun fire towards the hotel, according to INQUIRER.net Joel Guinto. (---snip!---)

I still feel sorry for the hotel, and it's painful to see looping videos of that pretty door having to get smashed, and all because of some doofus hiding behind the said door. Could you imagine just how bad for business this all is??? That marble floor is just not meant for tanks! T_T

Ugh, it's all so shtoopid, it's unbearable...

Trillanes, if you're reading this, I hope you know you're an asshole, and I hope you have enough money to pay back the hotel for this shit you've made. The next time you decide to coop yourself up somewhere... do it inside your own house, shithead.
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From the looks of it, if I'm late for work today, I'll have these idiots to blame. It's raining, it's cold, I'd rather stay home snug and dry, the noise of construction work is outside our door, and I'm simply not in the mood for this sort of crap today. =_=;;

And they had to do it on a main thorughfare, on a stormy day in the middle of the workweek.

Geez, I can just imagine the traffic later.

Honestly...

I know they have their reasons and all, but isn't there a way to go about all this without disrupting the busiest part of the financial district, and without being a hassle to the people trying to make a living in that area, and without scaring away the guests at the Peninsula Hotel who could possibly be investors scoping out the place?

When this happens once or twice, it's shocking and it gets me worried, but when things like this happen at this frequency, it just starts to get annoying.

Sigh. I know, I know. I'm being obnoxious and apathetic and insensitive and unpatriotic, etc etc etc, and I have completely no idea of what I'm talking about.

...

Looks like they're about to storm the hotel. Let's just hope they're all smart enough not to get anyone killed.

EDIT:
According to the news ticker on GMA 7, a series of gunshots are now going off inside the hotel.

Sigh. So much for hoping.

That's it. Fuck that. I'm going back to bed.

EDIT 2:
HOLY SHIT. THEY WRECKED THE HOTEL'S FRONT DOOR TO GET A FUCKING TANK INSIDE. X(

I feel so damned sorry for the hotel.

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We've finished Lucky Star. I think I'll just pop in The Producers in the DVD player again...

Bada bing bada boom, bada bing bam bing bam boom...
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Everyone tune in to ANC NOW. There's live coverage of a bus full of kids on a field trip which has been taken hostage. Bong Revilla has just boarded the bus as a negotiator. O_O

EDIT:
The bastard Jun Ducat basically just aired out his take/plea to the FIlipino people to not depend on politicians to make their lives better. It's a good message, and he's known as a good man (though others say he's just plain crazy...), but the point is...

YOU DO NOT MUCK ABOUT WITH THE SAFETY OF 32 CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE INSTITUTION THAT YOU BUILT!!!

YOU DO NOT MUCK ABOUT WITH THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN, PERIOD!!! >:(

Whether it's a message, a publicity stunt, or whatever, THE MOMENT YOUR JEOPARDIZE CHILDREN'S LIVES, IT'S YOUR HEAD ON A PLATE, BUDDY. Had he decided to grab a bus full of adults, it would have been a completely different story, but NO.

Stupid. Stupid!! Good intentions, bad execution. Good intentions can sometimes actually bring more harm, don't they know that???

Shit. One of the few chances we ever make it onto the pages of CNN, and it's some shitty report about something dumb like this, AGAIN.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/03/27/philippines.hostages.ap/index.html

Grrrr.
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Some random snippets first...

- Bunnies can't cook turkey!
- The Sims... WII!!!

I just HAD to do that... XD

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As I've mentioned previously, Ian and I spent our last day off house-hunting in Sampaloc. It was a good walk, and if it wasn't such a hot day, we could have gone on and checked out other areas as well. In any case, we spent our time on the Forbes side of UST, knocking on gates and checking out various rooms. Some were cheap, while others were ridiculously expensive for space that could pretty much pass as a broom closet. Others were places we'd like to live in but is just simply beyond our budget.

We found this one place which was at the corner of Ma. Christina and Py Margal, and it was a 2-bedroom place for 9k a month. Still too much though, and we have no idea how to fit our queen-sized bed through the tiny doorway. Haha! So much for that.

Anyway, moving on, we ended up re-visiting the places that we used to frequent back when I still lived at M dela Fuente, and oh, did it make our hearts ache with nostalgia; the familiar air of the vicinity, the cozy little sidestreets, the small (and wonderfully cheap) eateries tucked away in nooks... I was even delighted by the fact that when we were at Asturias, I saw that the peanuts vendor, the banana-Q vendor, and the rest of the usual sellers in the area, they were all still there, and I still recognize their faces.

Some things changed, too, of course. New shops, new buildings, and the construction site which was right beside my old apartment is now a beautiful row of townhouses. I'd love to live in one of those pretty places, and that's even though I used to hate it since the workers who were constructing it always used to splatter cement on my veranda.

So yeah, we ended up visiting my old place in Sampaloc as well and we just wanted to go back so much. We were just looking at it from accross the street, and I miss the veranda, my cat, and the kitchen, while Ian misses the space and the surrounding area. Hehehe... I guess I can't blame him, especially since we used to be able to fit up to ten people in there (Luis included, so that would be eleven people)! Haha!

We just remembered those times when everyone would just grab some chips and soda from the store and we'd all end up hanging out at my place, playing video games, playing RPGs, watching some weird movie from Elea's or Jyli's DVD collection, and just basically gabbing and laughing until we got hungry again and we have to buy more chips, or head over to DonQ's for a dose of one of their combos.

Masilog = Maling, sinangag, itlog (Spam, fried rice and egg). For those who weren't content with that, they'd end up ordering something like mamamasisiloglog = 3 slices of Spam, 2 cups of fried rice and two fried eggs.

Fun times. :)

Sigh. In any case, we weren't able to find anything on that day and we couldn't go much further since it was so darn hot. We're still looking for a place, and we'll hopefully be able to find something soon, but we had a nice trip anyway. We sorta forgot to pass by UST though to see what changes were made in the campus. Hehe... now that I think about it, maybe we SHOULD have passed by. I heard there's an Ice Monster branch at the new carpark complex.

Our day off will be coming up again, so yeah, off we go again to look for a new place. Wish us luck! ^_^

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I've been planning to write about so many things lately, but I've just been too lazy. Hehe... I have some photos sitting on our drive that I've been meaning to use. I swear, I have it all in my head already. So I'll just post those tomorrow, hehe.

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By the way, people, I haven't been on Trillian/YM for over a month now because it was replaced by an internal IM at the office. So... I haven't been able to get any offline messages (if any). And I normally just sleep when I'm at home, so there. ^_^;;
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The other night, Ian told me that he saw the first set of Christmas lights being strung around the first trees along Buendia Avenue, and I just felt incredibly fuzzy inside. I remember that around this time last year, Lem and I used to take long 10pm walks from Greenbelt to Ayala/Buendia, just talking and admiring the prettiness of Ayala Avenue when it's all lit up for the season. Occassionally, we'd look up to see the stray fireworks display. Hehe. Then we'd head for Starbucks just so we can get those damned stickers for the planner. Haha! Good times.

So, in Makati, sure signals of the Christmas season are:
- the reappearance of ads for the Starbucks planner (hehehehe...)
- the prettiness that is Ayala Avenue
- store clerks are generally nicer (so be nice to them, too!)

Anyhoo, it's Xmas wishlist time, and I'm taking my cue from miss [livejournal.com profile] magnetic_rose. ^_^

step one: make a post (public, friends-locked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. the post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes.

the wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("i'd love a ______ icon that's just for me") to medium ("i wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("all i want for christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV."). the important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

if you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.

step two: surf around your friends list (or friends' friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list.

here's the important part -- if you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use -- do it.

you need not spend money on these wishes unless you want to. the point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf -- to spread the joy. gifts can be made anonymously or not -- it's your call.

there are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. give, and you might receive. and you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

K's Christmas Wishlist!! )

So there we go. Any kind soul who wishes to donate, please just leave a comment or email me at ksolaris at gmail dot com.

Hee hee! ^___^
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K's picture of the day:


"Otacon... think you can send over more of this stuff...? It's sorta tasty."


Hehehehe... That made my day.

Anyway. Moving on.

I'm still gradually adjusting to having to be up and about by 6am. I mean, I love mornings. I love the whooshing sound that they make as I sleep right through them (K has been reading too much Douglas Adams!) but I suppose it can't be helped. At least I have taho in the morning.

As for our new routine, Ian and I have sorta worked it out. I get up at 6am and go to work, Ian shows up for work at 3pm, I go home and sleep 'til 9 or 10pm unless there's something else that I need to do, I cook dinner at 10pm, wait for Ian to come home and we get to hang out until maybe 2 in the morning. Then I sleep some more until 6am while Ian either plays, works on the PC or goes to bed as well. It works, somehow. Another good thing would be that we finally have our days off on the same day! His superior easily agreed to change his free day, while one of my shiftmates kindly changed her day off for me (thank you so much, Maricar!!), so all is good.

Also, since I'm out in the streets by 6:30 am, I tend to take the long way around to work which is down Bagtican, and then left at Ayala Extension, until I make my way to RCBC and then to our building. It's sorta nice to take that route since the street isn't as busy as Chino Roces and Buendia. I pass by houses and small condos, a kitchenette, an Indian grocery called "The Taj" (its proximity to our favorite Japanese grocery never fails to delight me), a Country Style branch, a surfboard shop with surfboards on display at the window, and a Brahma Kumaris meditation center.

I like passing by the Brahma Kumaris' front door because everyday, they write a new phrase or statement to think about on the tile panel beside their gate. I've been making it a point to take a peek at what new words of wisdom they may have for that day. It's sort of like being given a fortune cookie everyday, really. I like it.

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Halloween is almost here, and as expected, the TV is filling up with programs about the paranormal, and ghost sightings, and out of body experiences, and all that jazz. Again, I am compelled to watch each and every one of them, but I'm stupid, and I know that two weeks after all this, I won't be able to sleep with the lights off. Again.

Have I ever mentioned that watching Ju-on has practically scarred me for life? And that I can NEVER AGAIN wash my hair under the shower while wondering if some disembodied arm is helping me shampoo or simply grabbing the back of my head? So yeah, no more.

But I found something scarier:

Nickelodeon is promoting a band called The Naked Brothers. Band members under the age of 10. What could possibly go wrong?


Now THAT scares the heck out of me. XD XD

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I have just recently discovered the love that is Imogen Heap. Apparently, MTV has its uses, too, and so does BitLord. I'm listening to her album right now, and I'm tempted to buy the original. If we had iTunes, I'll gladly cough up.

I love the fact that everything you hear on her album, she can play live, on stage, and BY HERSELF. Well, her, some instruments and her Mac. But still, I see her and I can't help but wonder, "If I was a genius, self-taught musician, can I get away with dressing like her? Because I sure would like to... you know... dress like her and be a genius, self-taught musician..."

In any case, I like her new video because it's sort of MirrorMask-ish, and I've always been a sucker for stuff that reminds me of Dave McKean or anything remotely Neil Gaiman. T_T

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*Yawn*

Still adjusting to working in the morning. This is all made more difficult by the fact that I'm not a morning person. My only compensation? I get to have taho before work, and I've been craving for the stuff for months... I just never really managed to get out of bed during the hours that the taho vendors are up and about.

Mmm... and warm taho is just the thing to wake one up during cold mornings, and it's nutritious, too!

Anyway, this morning, I found myself amazed (for the hundreth time...) at the way that taho is served in different places in the Metro.

Back in college, I bought my taho from one of the vendors who always stayed beside the gate closest to our building. I paid ten pesos and he gave me my ten pesos worth of the sweet stuff, and then I walked away. However, in Makati, particularly in the Central Business District, the taho vendors still hang around high-traffic places with their aluminum vats, BUT... these are higher-class taho vendors, mind you.

These guys have uniforms. They all wear clean, collared t-shirts with the words "Lungsod ng Makati" on the front. And when I buy ten pesos worth of taho from them, they give me my ten pesos worth AND they add a plastic lid so it doesn't spill... they place the cup in a small plastic bag so that I don't get my fingers sticky from arnibal drops that may have made it on the side of the cup, or so that it's easier to carry the plastic cup with the steaming-hot bean curd in it... they give me a plastic spoon so I could mix up the taho after the arnibal settles at the bottom... and they give me tissue. And a smile. They smile at all their customers! They even seem to know some of the call center agents in the area by name. While I was buying some taho this morning, along with some others, the manong knew exactly which person wanted more arnibal or who wanted less sago.

Amazing how little things can make all the difference. ^_______^

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Bento update: Bagnit!
Can someone point me to a clear definition or description of bagnit...? I just realized how difficult it is to explain what it is...

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