Wednesday, March 30, 2011

You have to salute the Japanese people...

After what happened in Japan, I immediately thought of my friends who lived in Kobe. Thankfully they were safe! I was told that it really is such a big tragedy. Kobe was fine but Sendai was really really bad. I don't want to write about the negative things that happened in Japan but I want to point out certain things we can learn from them...

Were there any clips on the news that showed people suffering? People having a hard time? I can't think of any at the moment because I didn't see any. Media controlled what not to put. I thought that it was just proper not to show those things. Unlike here, they show everything! If there are people in media reading this, I think we can learn from them.

More importantly, there were no looting or stealing! Imagine how disciplined they are. The Japanese people are just so awesome for rising up after all the tragedy. You have people falling in line in orderly fashion when getting water. Here? People fight in line, they grab while some even steal. What was sad during Ondoy was during the relief operations, people who weren't affected were getting mad that they didn't get any free stuff. I just feel really bad on the level of discipline we have here. :( We can learn from our neighbors above us. The Japanese people are just so disciplined. We should be more like them. I even heard that among all the nationalities that travel abroad, the Japanese are still the most disciplined. I think it's just awesome how they do it. Ang galing nila! They know how to get back up on their feet.

What we can do now is to continue praying for them. We may not see it on TV but there are a lot of people having a difficult time in Japan. Pray for them if you can...

As for us, we also need to pray for one another. I believe that we have the capacity of getting back up on our feet also. We just need to be more patient and disciplined. Let's forget about the crab mentality. We need to support one another! I believe in the Filipino. You do too right? :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

50 Movies in 2011

Some people have different goals during the start of the year.   Whether it be losing weight, reading more books, writing more. Etc.

I have to maintain work-life balance and what I set is 50 movies in 2011. HBO movies don't count unless it's a TV movie . So far I've seen 9 movies... I'm on track. Kaya pa naman. The summer movies are coming so I should be fine. Some people set it to 100. I can't do that. 2 movies a week is hard.

Anyhoo... This is what I've seen so far. Green Hornet is the movie of 2011 so far...

The Tourist
Little Fockers
Gullivers Travels
Green Hornet
Just go with it
I am number four
The Adjustment Bureau
Catch me... I'm in love
Sucker Punch

Monday, March 28, 2011

My Lenten Sacrifice... I have to vent!

No softdrinks for Lent...

I haven't been talking about this but I need to vent out. You see my sacrifice for lent is giving up carbonated drinks...  I still have a month to go and it's getting harder and harder... 

The other day, there wasn't any iced tea in KFC and I happened to order a Zinger meal... I had already bought it and no iced tea!!! Boo!!! Seriously, water won't cut it. Now that's a sacrifice!!!

But I guess Lent is a time for reflection and sacrifice. I feel it's a way of cleansing one's soul... Only a number of Pinoys follow the Friday Abstinence... Kanya-kanya talaga I guess. But for me, I felt that I had to give up something. Giving up soda in the presence of chips and Chinese food is difficult! Believe me...

Anyway, thanks for letting me vent out. Now I feel better :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Reading: Stay old school or Digital?

I wrote an entry for Yahoo on comic book reading. I said that sticking old school was my preferred choice.

But for books, I see people who travel have the Amazon Kindle! It seems that the trend really is going to go digital. You see, I've been cleaning my room and my shelves aren't getting any bigger. My graphic novel library is getting bigger but at the same time, I have books too. I took those out already to give way to the new graphic novels.

I'm thinking of getting a Kindle for the books. But then again, I have to feel it first. I need to hold a Kindle and experience reading through that. I'm gonna miss the smell of the paper and flipping the pages. Plus what about the colored pictures? :/ How now brown cow?

There are the pros and cons. But what I can think of now is that I'll miss holding an actual book and flipping through the pages. Plus I like going to bookstores!

The only pro I can think of now is that it will save you space...

What do you think? You think you can help me decide? Oh, I forgot to mention, I won't use any digital device in reading comics. I'm not even going to use the iPad unless of course it's exclusively digital and not print.

But for the books... Hmmm... I don't know really...

Summer Komikon + Beerkada

My first KOMIKON was a Summer Komikon and it was still held at Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman. I can never forget that it was the first time I got to meet Pol Medina Jr. who does Pugad Baboy. From that time, I haven't missed a Komikon.

Last November in Starmall, I got to meet Lyndon Gregorio who does Beerkada. :) It was a funny encounter because I was falling in line to have my Dekada copy signed when another fanboy in line knew my name. Mr. Gregorio then asked if he was supposed to know me. His friend Ariel then explained who I was related to and then it was a funny encounter from then on. I was then featured in Beerkada on the Philippine Star. My friends thought it was hilarious!

I thanked Mr. Gregorio afterwards but said that I was just a regular fanboy! I'm not supposed to be known anyway!

I got an email with the subject "PSST!" and found that I appeared on Beerkada again!

So I'm posting this to remind everyone of the Summer Komikon on April 16 at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig City :)

It'll be fun! I'll be seeing Mr. Gregorio then and will see if I can appear on his comic strip again! :)

And I don't use moisturizer... I should though...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Stranger than Fiction

Sometimes I wonder if there are actually fictional characters that exist. For example, The Men In Black... They have those stick thingies that erase your memory. Right? What if we bumped into them already? What if our memories got erased? Maybe they do exist...

What about The Adjustment Bureau? We all have "the plan" according to the story. 

What about the Wizarding World? Maybe we really are Muggles! 

Do toys really come to life when we're not looking? Are there "Woody" toys that care about us? 

Is there really a Book of Secrets that belongs to the President? 

Is Time Travel possible? Maybe people have traveled back in time and we just don't know about it.

I have a wild and crazy imagination. The kid in me thinks that these fictional characters do exist. I know it's crazy but having a wild and crazy imagination makes me sane. :)

You can't be too serious sometimes. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What Trilogy?

I've been thinking the past couple of days since Back to the Future was being shown on TV. It made me wonder what the best trilogy is. Ok, for those curious, my definition of a trilogy is a set of 3 movies.

I have to say that the best would be the 1st Star Wars Trilogy. I'm not talking about Episodes I-III. I'm talking about A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

But you also have to look at the other trilogies that were awesome. For example, Lord of The Rings. Right?

My list of awesome Trilogies would be...

1. Star Wars (Eps IV, V, and VI)
3. Back to the Future (Yes, I have come to appreciate part 3 since it ties everything up)
4. Toy Story
5. The Jersey Trilogy (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy :) )
Special Mention: THE MIGHTY DUCKS!

What could've been EXCELLENT TRILOGIES...

1. Spider-Man (3!!! Why did you suck??? :( )
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The whole travel in time thing didn't work for me)
4. Austin Powers (Goldmember!? Really!?)
5. The Mummy (Why didn't you retain Rachel Weisz!?!?)

What should have stayed as a single movie...

1. The Matrix (You know what I mean)

What should be completed as a Trilogy

1. Ghostbusters
2. Bill and Ted
3. Harold and Kumar
4. Hellboy

What about you? What are your thoughts? :)