Being 25 ain’t so bad after all… If you start it right.

This was probably the BEST FUCKING BIRTHDAY I’ve ever had. Tiring, yes, but very, very fun.

 

The birthday couple. 😀

 

Rundown of activities:

10am – Wake up call then bathed and dressed up. Headed off to Megamall with mom and sis.

11am – Breakfast at Red Ribbon, with pitiful looking Lasagna served.

12nn – Went to that certain sports gym at Shaw Blvd to watch my sister’s office branch’s team go all out at cheer-leading. There’s something wrong with that sentence I tell you.

1pm – Back to Megamall to inquire about my  retention phone.

2pm – Late lunch at KFC.

3pm – Inquired about Adam Lambert tickets and searched for top TL award.

4pm – Waited for retention phone. A BlackBerry Curve 8520. Wooot! My first smartphone, actually. I named it “Adam.”

5pm – Watched Despicable Me.

7pm – Found a nice top TL award and bought it.

8pm – Arrived home and prepared for the night’s party.

9pm – Left for said party. I’m gonna be late. It starts at 9 and I leave at 9. 😛

11pm – Arrived at AIM, at Angela’s 18th birthday party (she’s a new friend who incidentally has the same birthday as I have, only she’s 7 years my junior).

12mn – DANCE! And I danced WILDLY! Wheeee!

3am – Transferred to Bureau for some much needed dance-athon. Let’s dance some more!

4am – Went to Christmas’ boyfriend’s place to finally rest. Or chill, whatever. Coz we don’t know how to go to Tina’s place on our lonesome.

5am – Tried to sleep.

10am – Woke up, cleaned up, washed up a bit.

11am – Breakfast at Gerry’s Grill courtesy of the lovely Via. Then went to Krispy Kreme for pasalubongs.

12nn – On the way home, but stopped by Megamall to see my classmates’ booth setup. Support! 😀

1pm – Finally heading home.

2pm – Got home, changed and watched the UAAP 2010 Cheerdance Competition on TV.

4pm – Announcement of winners. UST Salinggawi is back in the top 3! Hooray! Congrats to FEU for bagging 1st place, and to UP for winning the competition. Much deserved, guys. Till next year!

5pm – Bought Adam Lambert tickets online.

6pm – Called a friend for some much needed quality time.

7pm – Quality time commence! Ah. That’s just what I needed. 😀

8pm – Dinner, thanked people online for greeting me, and some more surfing.

12mn – Lights out! Zzzzzz…

Tiring, but very fun! I had an amazingly epic time. So turning 25? Not so bad after all.

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By uberpsi Posted in Random

ETA: T-minus 10 hours

Damn. I’ll be turning 25 in less than 10 hours. So, as a, er, well, something, I’ll be posting maybe 25 random things? This’ll need a lot of thought, and memory power. Here goes nothing.

1. Real friends are hard to come by these days. I am quite fortunate that I found some really nice ones, people who I can be totally open to and be honest with. I consider them my family.

2. I’m a relationship guy. I crave romance. Maybe just in right sample sizes. Not too much, not too little. I like being romantic, being cheesy. It brings out the kiddie-giddy side of me I never knew I had.

3. I’m surprised by the amount of knowledge, mundane and extraordinary, that I come across almost everyday.

4. I like pleasant surprises.

5. I was kaladkarin since before I turned 5. I was always at the neighbor’s house until the wee hours of the night.

6. I love dogs. I love puppies. I have a genuine affection for them. I like that they have unrequited love for you, that they’re always happy to see you, to be in your presence day in and day out, that they’re excited every freakin’ minute that you’re around them. I love dogs.

7. I may not have a pet cat, but I do like cats. I don’t want to keep one as a pet, as I’m more of a dog person, but I like cats. I like that they can be very malambing.

8. Pop culture saved my life and cultivated my worldview. From video games, to radio shows, to TV shows, to literature, they helped shape how I view things. And I kinda owe them big time for that.

9. I like being weird. Not creepy weird, but being… well, maybe “unconventional.” I like being uncommon. Never really dug the whole “fit in” phrase. I think I did fit in but not so much.

10. I have a wide variety of interests, ranging from geeky to cool (by social definition). I like comic books (I even collect), I like video games (mostly Final Fantasy and Soul Calibur), I like to dance especially at parties, I like hard liquor (but I’m a social drinker), I like peace and quiet, although not too much, as I also crave chaos once in a while, given that the environment is applicable. Just imagine a party where everyone is quiet. Corny, right?

11. I’m an environmentalist. Or at least, I try to be. I despise how much humans, educated most of them are, are destroying the planet. The only freaking planet that we all have, and still we can’t even take care of it properly. Daming tanga sa mundo nakaiinis.

12. I like that my main hobby and my chosen career are one and the same. Because it lessens the impact of work being, well, work. I believe that if you love what you do, chances are it won’t ever feel like work. And I am blessed.

13. I only wanted to be an artist/designer because I wanted to challenge the status quo at the time, that artists don’t earn anything, that they starve. Well, I’m not really earning loads, but I know for sure that at least I’m not a minimum wage earner. So the battle continues. 😀

14. I’m like a magpie. Shiny things immediately catch my eye.

15. I’m tech-y in a sense. I do love gadgets. It’s just that I can’t afford most of them as money rapidly gets away from my hands and wallet.

16. I’m in love with vintage things and antiques. They have so much character, so much story to tell. Especially vintage cars = drool-worthy.

17. I’d love to have a family of my own someday. Hoping that’ll happen before I turn 30, or maybe 30 onwards. Two twin boys should suffice, coz I already have names. 😛

18. I often fail to understand how advanced people are these days, in terms of, well, romance and shit. Kaya mga bata, focus muna tayo sa studies, nasa developing country lang tayo. There’s plenty of time for romance later. It’s hard to look for a nice-paying work especially if you don’t have a college degree. Just sayin’.

19. You learn tons of cool new shit at work. At school, you have fun (especially with friends around), but knowledge is better gained in the “real world.”

20. I like making friends. Online it’s easier, I think. I can be myself most of the time. But if I’m already comfortable in person, especially with a new acquaintance, then I can go to town! 😛

21. I’d love to just travel around and eat. Try different cuisines. I think I’m at the point in my life where I’d just like to travel for a living. I think I’d get a kick out of that.

22. Always remember, if you respect others, they respect you. Everything is give and take.

23. Something I picked up from reading a book: “There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.” From The Kite Runner.

24. Even if things are going wrong, be thankful. There’s always a silver living. God is that gracious.

25. I love my relationship with God. He always makes way for me to grow, to understand things better, to accept many things, to be a better person. He’s always there for me. I’m not religious or anything, but I do believe in a higher power, coz I felt  Him. I owe God so much already. I think I’ll save the planet for Him, as payback. Gotta love me some Mother Earth, too.

Think that’s it. Or what I could think about for the moment, anyways.

9 more hours. Ayayay! 😛

By uberpsi Posted in Random

Comic View: X-Factor V3

I’ve been collecting comic books for years now. It started in 2004, during the X-Men’s ReLoad event. I wasn’t initially going to buy all the titles associated with ReLoad, but got into them anyways. An online friend sent a copy of Uncanny X-Men #444 since it was already sold out here (or apparently so, since after a few years I saw a copy in the discount bin, heh). So when I was in my third year in college, I was buying about 8 titles or so: Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, New X-Men: Academy X, Emma Frost, Excalibur, Mystique, X-Men: The End and my ultra favorite then: Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon, John Cassaday and Laura Martin, each of whom are at the pinnacle of their respective careers.

Then it dwindled down to fewer titles per month. Emma Frost and Mystique were both cancelled, XM: TE ended its trilogy, Excalibur wasn’t really catching on (and was, expectedly, cancelled), and Astonishing X-Men’s schedule became too erratic, not being in shelves for months at a time.

I also bought limited series and one-shots. Some were enjoyable, others, not so.

I stopped buying UXM and XM when the creative team replacements were announced. Ed Brubaker and Mike Carey are helming the titles, and for me that was the signal to drop both titles. Too much money was being spent. Oh, and I stopped buying New X-Men as well, since it changed direction and carnage was apparently a priority, courtesy of Craig Kyle and Chris Yost. Bleh. AXM bid farewell too, though after many months of waiting, it finally wrapped up its run with Giant Sized Astonishing X-Men. Still an excellent run by Whedon, one of the most enjoyable comics I’ve read, if not the most. New Excalibur and then Exiles were bought and dropped, since I wasn’t really enjoying it. And some rather bore-me-to-kingdom-come miniseries from Claremont later (GeNext and X-Men: Die By The Sword, anyone?), I got tired.

Although I did buy all the main Messiah CompleX issues and Second Coming, since both are really engaging, one book stood above the rest and made a special place in my comic-geek heart: X-factor by Peter David.

 

X-Factor by Ryan Sook

 

The sheer genius brought about by his writing, for me, is really just unmatched. The book is hilarious, clever, engaging, sophisticated, witty, introspective, mature and mundane all at the same time. The characters grow on you, and they are best represented as themselves, as actual characters (almost realistically human, even), and not just an idea of stereotypes/archetypes that a writer wants to portray. Or PAD (David’s nickname) is just really an amazingly extraordinary writer and portrays his cast of B-List X-Universe characters as lifelike as possible. Who else but PAD can make Layla Miller, a plot-device for House of M at best, a hardcore favorite? I guess no one.

 

X-Factor by Pablo Raimondi

 

I have nothing but praises for Mr. David. I have enjoyed his run since 2005… Holy geez, for five freakin’ years now! Times does fly when you’re having fun! And even though his book tends to get caught up in some over-arching Marvel crossover event, he makes a way to organically mesh his book’s plots with the major ongoings in the main Marvel universe. It doesn’t really release the focus on the growth of the book nor its character, and that takes mad skills. Props to PAD.

 

X-Factor by David Yardin

 

This is one book that I really anticipate reading monthly. So to Jamie Madrox (Multiple Man), Theresa Cassidy (Siryn/Banshee), Monet St. Croix (M), Julio Esteban Richter (Rictor), Guido Carosella (Strong Guy), Layla Miller (“Butterfly”), Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane) and recent additions Armando Muñoz (Darwin), Longshot and Shatterstar, you guys are in the best of hands. Cheers, Peter David. You are an example of how a comic book writer should write. Bravo!

By uberpsi Posted in Rave

The Quarter Mile

Happy Birthday to me...

Seriously, life, WTF?

I’ve been talking to my friends for months now, about silly, mundane things. About life, in general. And all our perceptions of it. Things like work, what happened in the past, professionalism, money, about us turning 25.

Twenty-five. In 5 days, I’ll be turning a quarter of a century old. I dunno what’s up with this number, but there’s something. It’s not that I’m dreading it or anything. Well, maybe I am dreading it, and I’m convincing myself that I’m not. Either way, in 5 days time, I’ll be 25. There’s no changing that, no stopping it.

Twenty-freaking-five and now I seem to not know what I’m doing with my life. Frack.

I am partially excited, though. There’s this party that I’ll be attending, an 18th bash of my new friend Angela. See, I’ve only met her this weekend, and we’ve basically been communicating online for maybe weeks now. Gotta love both Twitter and Facebook. Anyways, we have the same birthday, only I’m 7 years older. Geez Louise. Okay, mantra mode: “Age is just a number, age is just a number.”

So yeah. And it’s a costume party, which I love, BTW. And I have a costume already, so WOOT!

But, yeah, sigh. Life. I mean, it’s fun and everything, but there’s still something missing. I’m definitely screwing up at work. I want to make it better, but I seem to just be unable to. They’ve even talked to me thrice now. I know I’m screwing up. But my heart’s just not in it. For some bizarre reason, I just can’t seem to love my job any more. Gah. This sucks.

I don’t even know why that’s important to me, to basically fall in love with what I’m doing. Maybe I’m trying to be too idealistic, too emotional about this thing. But I’ve had that before, that amazing feeling that I’m doing something worthwhile. That I’m doing something that’s so fucking amazing, it’s unbelievable it’s called a job. Now? Now I just feel like crap all the freaking time. Now I’m always finding some excuse or the other to just basically quit. The sad thing is, I just really don’t care any more. And the apathy is overwhelming.

I thought this was the change of pace that I’ve been needing and wanting for some time now. Looks like this isn’t it. It’s like life’s been throwing me curve balls and I can’t seem to see whether to dodge or hit back or stand still.

Ah. I’ll figure it out eventually. Let’s see. Onto 25th. Keep moving forward.

By uberpsi Posted in Rant

Review: P&P Tattoo

Since this is basically a review blog (of sorts), I’ll delve into reviewing! This is related to my previous post about my ink, which I got from P&P Tattoo.

First up, this is my first time inside an actual tattoo parlor, so my only expectations about the place were from watching Miami Ink and LA Ink. Since I’m a graphic designer, I think I fit in nicely, but I’m not as rambunctious yet. Maybe if I’d been hanging out with them for years, I will be. LOL!

I like the vibe inside. Artsy and comfortable. And roomy. You won’t really feel out of the loop (especially if you’re the artistic type). They have a big LCD TV (which was showing Salt), the shop is well ventilated (kewl) and the service is great. They’re very friendly and accommodating; the artists clearly explain to you what works and what won’t and they always inform you about any change to your design (because I made my own), if they’ll alter it a bit. Very professional!

I felt comfortable during the entire stay. A friend was with me along with her kid sister, so I think that helped me ease up a bit, since this is new territory. But, again, the people there are nice and friendly, so I didn’t exactly have any problems whatsoever. At award-winning pa ata yung mga artists nila, so sobrang rock-on! And I agreed with the quote they have near the entrance: “Cheap tattoos aren’t great, and great tattoos aren’t cheap.” Or something along those lines.

All in all, I loved getting my first ever tattoo there. Highly recommended. And before the year ends, I might get another one and have it made at P&P. 😀

By uberpsi Posted in Review