The Pinpricks and Papercuts of 2015

. . .or rather, all the good times, the crap-my-pants stuff, the bullshit and the misses (lots of ’em) that happened in the past year. No, I’m not saying nothing good came out of 2015, far from it. But these tiny pinpricks and papercuts must mean something. Things we learn as we go along.

So move along.

Here’s what I learned, and more stuff I have to un-learn.

  • Meeting friends after so long gets trumped by two bubbby daughters whom I also missed dearly. Sorry guys, I just wanna spend more time with my girls.
  • Skinny pants with garters on their cuffs doesn’t even qualify as logical. Men who wear them should be hanged.
  • Boys do powder their faces. it’s sick.
  • Most people tend to believe their online persona.
  • Smartphones are not for stupid people.
  • Cash and Carry still has the best stuff around.
  • Stop calling it “hoverboard”! It’s got wheels, for crying out loud!
  • People who talk big rarely has the stick to back it up. And sometimes the adage ” People who can, Do, People who can’t, Teach” applies.
  • Big paying jobs are rare. Big paying jobs takes a big toll on you.
  • Scott Weiland’s death has painful similarities with the music video “Fall To Pieces”.
  • “Supernatural” marathons are best when spent with your crazy daughters.
  • Minimum wage rocks. Never had so much fun with so little. And I’m not kidding.
  • Short freaking shorts are everywhere.
  • Early last year, found myself with a bunch of really good people working for a BPO gig, and I am really not cut out for this sort of work, but the people I met enriched me in some way. I miss CELO.
  • Still won’t wear tracksuits and sport related apparel. It’s appalling.
  • You can’t enjoy movie marathoins without that special someone to enjoy it with.
  • No matter wher you live in Metro Manila, there will always be that neighbor who enjoys singing that you will not enjoy.
  • Lechon Mami is a miracle in a bowl. And some chili and you’re divine.
  • Reading is still one of the best past times around. Just being stuck in traffic without something to read is murder.
  • Men who smell too much of perfume are, well, not men at all.
  • Women with ill thought tattoos are un-cool.
  • Tattoo’s used to mean something. Nowit’s a fashion statement.
  • You can find a room for Php3,200 and still retain your human dignity.
  • Working for and with celebrities ain’t such a drag after all.
  • KZ Tandingan rocks.
  • Sometimes you can’t trust a kit.
  • My home setup needs an update. badly.
  • Sensible shoes works.
  • I regret taking daental hygiene for granted.
  • Old school is the better school. Of course you can learn a thing or two from the new generation.
  • Pay back old debts when you can.
  • People with loud and filthy mouths and badly dressed are better individuals than those overly educated stiffs who stab you in the back when you turn around.
  • Vape only makes you accept you are in denial.
  • Coffee I make is still better than coffee I buy. No barrista fame can enhance the taste of badly prepared overpriced coffee.
  • Sci-Fi
  • Never ask the printers without the final word from your Boss. It could cost you 4grand. And it sucks.
  • Anilao is beautiful.
  • Need to get my teeth. Lost most of them in last year. Now I got to earn enough to get me some pearly white smiles.
  • A dentist is your best friend.
  • Family is cool again.
  • Philippine movies, in general, suck. Only gets worse when you see Kris Aquino’s mug in some billboard.
  • Indie movies, however deserves a break.
  • I love Regine Velasquez again. Because of  Mrs.Recto.
  • People with names like Jojo, Mark, Alyssa, Myr, Carlo, George, Maryo deserve the title “Cool”.
  • Salt and pepper scraggly beard seems to be my look nowadays.
  • MMFF wouldn’t be complete without a scandal.
  • Pay attention to money matters. Comes with the job.
  • Smartphones are overrarted.
  • When you need another bag (or pouch) so you can carry a power bank to sutain your so-called gamer-life on your mobile phone is just too…pathetic.
  • Sometimes a m,ovie can be secretly a sci-fi one.
  • Powerbank phonnes are cool. Gonna get me one.
  • Jess Lapid Jr. is cool.
  • When your boss is Hagrid, expect to make a bit of magic along the way.
  • El Nino in 2016 could be worse.
  • I’m the most un-showbiz person you could find, and I manage some showbiz oriented stuff in my line of work.
  • I was lazy with my art.
  • Staying holed up in my room is never good. Need to get out more.
  • Missed out on most of the friends I should be with last year.
  • I could be aging rapidly.
  • Gyms are overrated. HIGHLY overrated. Just do household chores and your limbs will be fit. Buying all those conveniences only makes you soft. And they want you to pay so you can shed some fat? Bull.
  • I need a bike.
  • I need some sleep.
  • Having your workplace inside a mall does have it’s moments.
  • Creative Saints has to be resurrected. With a bang.
  • Need to buy a dart board.
  • Need new darts.
  • Ned to draw more.
  • Lost some good illustrations by way of leaving them lying around for a kid to throw water on.
  • Must replace my 12-String with a new one.

. . .and there are more I should be ranting about but, like a resolution, things won’t get done, even if you write them down. So let’s just leave the past back there. 2016 is just another calendar to go through, but getting through it with style is the key.

A photo of my daughters Amiya (L) with Ate Alyssa, my eldest Alia and Kuya Kian (R). I learned these kids need to see each other from time to time.

A photo of my daughters Amiya (L) with Ate Alyssa, my eldest Alia and Kuya Kian (R). I learned these kids need to see each other from time to time.

Happy New Year!

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Seeing Ghosts

I got this email, and it is sad. Sort of.

I have a few demons of my own, biting my ass as I go along. But this one has her own army of zombie sins chasing her.

dhey santos email

She’s at it again

Her email looks like a teenager jejemon wrote it:

and I replied with this:

Miss Dhey,

You may have to give me a really valid reason, or any legal basis for this “request”of yours, or if it won’t be too much to ask, be professional about it, as you are carrying the name of Island Weddings with this email, I expect a more detailed format other than a hastily typed sms formatted, shorthand message, which is hardly professional at all. 
My blog is mine, it’s a free account, it is public, much like the gmail account you are using, and this is all public, as public as internet. I do with it what I want. Unless you’ve got something heavier to back up your request, go make your own blog.
And I could have forgotten all about it, but now, this email exchange will get a blog post version.
You should have just kept your  mouth shut. As you have always done before.
No, thank you.
reply to dhey santos
I could have let this pass. But I guess the woman is being hounded, and her solutions is to ask people to delete post with her name on it.

Time For Some New ‘Old School’ Stuff

I don’t mean to be passive, nor insensitive, at what just transpired here. Far from it. But like many of the most popular social network fodder that is being milked and bilked and squeezed by the so-called netizens of the interwebs, I just had to deviate. I am, after all a real deviant.

So, what now?

A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to a new friend, Mr.Riki Tamashiro by my friend Weng Shimada. Turned out it was something from my childhood couch potato days – wrestling – that paved the way for our paths to meet. We talked  about this maybe a year or so, but was something  only in passing, that a Japanese firm, Reina , wanted to show the Filipino audience. The idea lay in my mind dormant, because with all the work and my delusions of grandeur with publishing my own comics, I almost forgot I agreed to it even before meeting Riki-san.

But they came, and I, for one am excited about this.

So, does anybody know what Joshin Puroresu is? In other parts of the world people have been following this, in Europe, in other parts of Asia, and of course, Mexico and the Latin Americas. I’m surprised no one here had the idea of making a tv show of ProWomen’s Wrestling here on local tv. We have some serious butt-kicking happening with MMA and the UFC, the drama and humor of WWE, but I think the only thing that comes close to describing Joshin is Rey Mysterio – just for the athleticism, the jaw dropping flying stunts, and …

The Mask.

Oh, there is an entirely different form of wrestling gear when it comes to Joshin Puroresu. Think Lucha Libre and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

But wait!

There’s more!

I needled Riki-san, and he was really glad I asked about stuff. Turns out there is a Filipina blood wreaking havoc with the league,  a real firecracker, and is a champion.

Syuri Kondo, born February 8, 1989 is a Japanese professional wrestler, shoot boxer and kickboxer,  who debuted sometime 2008 as KG, or Karate Girl. No, this fierce 5’4″ & half of martial art skill and devastating kicks is one babe you wouldn’t want to mess with. And she’s a looker too.

I hope a tv network would  carry the matches on local programming. I introduced Riki-san and Weng to one of, I supposed, bigwigs at my tv network, but alas, I think the three of us are disappointed at the treatment. Me, I was aghast at the sheer disrespect of letting a guest, who’s already here, in our country, personally taking the initiative to bring this kind of sportainment that we don’t have. So I guess, I’ll do something about it and ask some friends (I’m not the only one working in the broadcast industry from my college buddies) to connect me with their own people about this.

And if you ever see the name Syuri Kondo, or see the face elsewhere, remember, there are other Filipinas out there who are not just showing off their bikini bods and signature walks, but banging heads and kicking butts inside the ring.

And do expect some Joshin drawing from me. I did a Muscleman animation years ago, time to bring that up somehow. And , lest I forget, these matches held by Reina help fund really practical causes. So if you think re-posting links, and photos of news articles about Haiyan/Yolanda helps, it won’t. So instead of being all keyboard-warrior, why not put together some donaions and really HELP out, okay?

And for some more Joshin Puroresu galleries visit the following links:

https://picasaweb.google.com/109626561853460833336/131102Reina5DumpChika?authkey=Gv1sRgCMrGrajl_4zwIQ#

https://picasaweb.google.com/109626561853460833336/131102Reina4ZeuxisVaquerita?authkey=Gv1sRgCN_dvfGwh4OUaA#

https://picasaweb.google.com/109626561853460833336/131102Reina3LeonSareee?authkey=Gv1sRgCJCIgLHdge-D4gE#

https://picasaweb.google.com/109626561853460833336/131102Reina2Sparks?authkey=Gv1sRgCNKRvMiDk4yMEQ#

https://picasaweb.google.com/109626561853460833336/131102Reina1JennyRose?authkey=Gv1sRgCJKigJW-qenwwgE#