averageness, commonness, commonplaceness, normality

Sara Jimenez Appreciation Post

Ever since Work of Art: The Next Great Artist started its second season, I’ve always had an eye on Sara Jimenez.
So I started taking screen caps of her on the show. That’s not creepy, right?
I mean, just look at her.
Look at how cool she is smoking.
Smoking hot.
Sara and this season’s winner, Kymia
My heart really went out for her when she spilled her emotions out in one of the crits.
Listening to the crit.

Occupy Wall st. COOL BEANS

Listening to the crit seriously.
Listening to the crit with a giggle.
She’s part Filipino, btw.

This is Sara going out of her element.

Waltzing to her studio wearing a dress and sneakers.
Explaining her show to Simone de Pury
She didn’t win, but she won my heart. WAT

LOL. Anyway, in all seriousness, I actually think she’s a great artist. I think China Chow said it best in the finale: “Sara, you showed amazing growth over the course of the competition. And the risks that you took in your final show were very impressive.”

To see some of her work, go to

Filed under: crushes, reality tv, sara jimenez, work of art, work of art: the next great artist

TV Tuesdays: Enlightened

Everybody I know knows I watch a lot of TV. Starting this week, I’ll start posting TV Shows I watch. They’re mostly sitcoms, though.

For my inaugural TV Tuesday post, I’m gonna write about Enlightened.

From Wikipedia:

Enlightened follows the story of Amy Jellicoe, a self-destructive executive, who, after a very public breakdown and a subsequent philosophical awakening in rehabilitation, tries to get her life back together.

The HBO Dramedy was created by Laura Dern and Mike White, and sometimes has Luke Wilson (as Laura’s estranged ex-husband).

Laura Dern, basang-basa sa ulan.
Mike White is awesome.
Luke Wilson is extra-awesome.
Timm Sharp is also here. Remember him from Undeclared?

What I like about this show is that I can relate to it in the sense that I’ve always been depressed which means, things don’t go very well for me no matter what. Sometimes, I feel like a leper when I’m around people (which is how some of the characters of the show treat Amy sometimes).

So, if you’re down and troubled, you can count on Laura Dern to make you feel better about yourself.

Filed under: couch potato, enlightened, hbo, laura dern, luke wilson, mike white, timm sharp, tv shows, tv tuesday


Am I allowed to claim that I am depressed in writing form? ‘Cause I totally am. For more or less three years. I feel like I’ve been floating around the sea and I can’t see the horizon anywhere I look. I don’t know where the fuck I am heading.

While depression might be a good thing (I mean, some of the greatest artists were depressed, right?), I am not that creative. So, I try to do a few activities to get my mind off things:

1. Try to connect with people. However, at 27, I don’t think anybody my age would want to make new friends. You know, real friends. Actual people who will help you when you need them and vice-versa. So, I guess I’m failing miserably and it doesn’t help the depression. I made a few friends, though. I guess, that’s enough and I should quit complaining.

Some folks I met through Tumblr.
With Sam (as Belle) and Helga (as a Sim)

2. Going to shows and parties. I’ve been doing this heavily since before depression (BD) and it sorta reminds me of how lonely I am but at the same time my friends are there. So, yeah, I don’t know how to feel about this.

I’m in this photo with The Strangeness, trust me.


3. Watch comedy. With the exception of a few dramas (Madmen, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, and, American Horror Story) I watch sitcoms exclusively.

This was my Halloween costume,

“First of all, we have a team photo”

I shoulda went as Jesse Pinkman, but, I forgot.

I like American Horror Story while I don’t generally like horrors

They keep me entertained. I keep laughing. I keep forgetting how alone and lonely I am. They also remind me about it. I guess, this wasn’t a bright idea too? I like laughing, though. So, I don’t mind.

Patrice Oneal kinda minds, but, really doesn’t

4. Write songs. While I said above that I am not very creative (or good at doing this), I still enjoy it quite a lot. I think this might be the only thing that doesn’t seem like a complete failure for me, but, when Mike Kinsella is your peg, you might really get depressed ’cause he’s really good.

So yeah, I just try to do the things I enjoy and milk the crap out of it. ‘Cause there’s no sense in staying depressed if you’re not good at it.

Photo credits: Mij Bautista, Paul Wenceslao, Shinji Manlangit, and VLC Media Player

Filed under: about me, american horror story, awkward., breaking bad, ciudad, depression, it's always sunny in philadelphia, mike kinsella, owen, patrice oneal, the strangeness, tumblr

What is Stress?

Presenting: The De-stressing Tea Mix

My job, just like any other, is pretty stressful. Percentage, acceptance rate, and pivots are just some of the words that I have to deal with on a daily basis. Admit it, just seeing numbers on the computer stresses you out. Not to mention commuting and office politics.

To cope, I play video games at home. And what is the best way to play video games? Play it with a drink. My choice of drink for today’s game is what I call “The Video Game Lipton Tea Concoction”

I pause the game a lot to drink some tea.

Just get a cup of hot water, 2 Kalamansi, a bag of Lipton Yellow Label Tea, and (my not so secret ingredient)  1 teaspoon of brown sugar. What you do with the brown sugar, I will never tell. Just mix them all together.

Voila. Instant stress elimination.

Look how incredibly unstressed I am.

Of course, the perfect anti-stress thingamajig would be an iPad 2, but, that’s up to you, Lipton.


Filed under: Lipton Yellow Label Tea Contest, Reel Life Possibiliteas

Hi, I’m Charles and I’m an Adult

Notice how I used my actual name instead of the modified one.

Today, I booked my first ever trip out of the country. I swear, I was really scared of clicking through an array of things and terms I have never seen before. Remember the first time (as Mario) you stepped in to World 8-1 of Supermario Bros. Fucken frightening. It was the exact same feeling I was having when I came across phrases like “Check Baggage” and “Return Flight”. I was all, “WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING”

All for the love of the sorcery that is known to us as Indie music.

Singapore St. Jerome Laneway Festival just announced their 2012 Line-up!

Toro Y Moi alone made me want to go there. So, without hesitation, I decided that I will postpone getting a MacBook Pro to book tickets to Singapore next year and get tickets to this thing.

Oh, Chaz.
The whole thing made me think of getting my own credit card! And along with finally coming to terms with my job, it made me feel like an actual adult.
I guess this is a good thing.
But I still wish I could be forever young.
Somebody fix me up with some pixie dust

What an incoherent blog post.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Where Is My Blogging Mojo I Want It Back

Somewhere in the universe is my blogging mojo. I have lost it, but, I really hope I get it back. So, in the spirit of doing things once in a while, I’m posting a bunch of photos from the past few months that I have been too lazy to post.

Think of it as catching up with me time.

Went to a friend’s band’s last show

This is Kevin and Shinji

The venue was an art gallery


Finally met Chayenne from the Internet! That’s her boyfriend from Typecast.

Quiz night every Friday

Changed my avatar for most of my online accounts

Drew this on my office whiteboard. Nothing happens there.

Went to the Globe Tatt Awards

This Cherry. She was Giniling Festival’s former Road Manager

Cherry and Jeje

Knock knock. Who’s there? Marco Ho.

Giniling Festival

Had a date with my friend, Rachel

Got a passport!

Made a pact with my friend Tin to get thin in a month. I am failing.

Got a new haircut.

Impulse buy of the year.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Why I Don’t Like Watching Reality Shows with Washed Up Celebrities Involved

I was reading this Cracked article when I came across this video of Meat Loaf absolutely going Gary Busey on Gary Busey:

That’s 4 minutes of unintentional celebrity comedy right there. Watch it.

Anyway, right in the middle of the clip, they interview Mark McGrath about what happened.

Rocker slash TV Host? ROCKER??? SERIOUSLY?????

I’ll just leave this here.

Filed under: celebrity apprentice, gary busey, mark mcgrath, meatloaf, reality tv

Vote for Giniling Festival at the Globe T@tt Awards

Giniling Festival is the one in the middle, obvs.
Hey kids, my cousin’s band, Giniling Festival, was nominated in this year’s Globe Tatt Awards in the Indie Rocker category. Just head on to to vote and see a sorta revealing picture of Saab Magalona. Or is that Maxene? IDK I can never tell which is which.
can you tell me who this is in the comments?
Anywho, all you need to do is be on Facebook and click on VOTE.
Here’s my case for Giniling Festival. Let’s put aside the fact that they’re the only rock band in the list. They released their sophomore album for free. Yes. FOR FREE. AND ONLINE
So, if you’re voting for a band for an internet-related award-giving body, vote for somebody who actually used the internet. You know what, vote for them because they imparted their talents for free.
Other categories:
  • The One — The most influential trendsetter that shaped opinion, moved people, and ultimately starting fire in Philippine internet.
  • Ballbreaker — For the opinion that launched tons of comments or retweets, from the person with so much balls to make that legendary post in the first place.
  • Stylisimo — This is for that one person that not only reviewed fashion but also set one that everyone followed and loved.
  • Indie Rocker — This is for musical bands and indie artists who fought hard to claim their space in the hearts of the Filipino audience who knew that webtime is better than airtime.
  • Wordslayer — Here’s an award for a blogger whose mastery of words showed wit, humor and grit to the Philippine blogosphere. 
  • Artiste — Hundreds if not thousands of people share their art goodness to the world via the web.
  • Tech Junkie — Informed, in tune and in check with the latest in tech, this person do not only present us with access to the latest in trends, but also the backstage of the fast pace world of e-knowledge.
  • #Thought-mover — Twitter ain’t for geeks. Twitter is for changing the world.
  • Video Slinger — Moving pictures do not just speak a thousand words, they speak millions.
  • The Advocate — This award goes to a person or a group of individuals who worked to improve the state of a societal cause in the Philippines through social media.

Filed under: giniling festival, globe tatt awards

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Appreciation Post

Last July, I started re-watching the whole FRIENDS series (all 10 seasons) to get through a rough patch in my life. I’ve seen it a total of 4 times now, and I really can’t say it will ever get old for me. I mean, it isn’t the best show on TV, but it’s definitely on top of my “Things That Make Me Happy” list. 
Ironically, it’s also on top of “Things That Make Me Cry” list.
In any case, FRIENDS will always be my favorite show ever and I will watch it over and over and over…

Filed under: friends, tv, tv shows

The Ultimate NBA All-Star Weekend 2011

Anybody who knows me pretty much has an idea of how much I love the game of basketball and the NBA. I tweet about it all the time that I feel like they are getting annoyed by it.

But let’s not talk about how annoying I can get. Let’s talk about how appropriately they named the time a bunch of relevant NBA players came to the Philippines to give Filipinos the most magical time ever.

Nine NBA players came to town:

  1. Derrick Williams – 2nd overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, hasn’t played a single NBA game but has an NBA body
  2. JaVale McGee – Starting center for the Washington Wizards, one-time triple double haver, plank artist
  3. Derek Fisher – 5-time NBA Champion, President of the NBA Players’ Union, should be back in the US helping fix the Collective Bargaining Agreement
  4. Tyreke Evans – 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year, Sacramento King ball hog
  5. James Harden – OKC Thunder 6th month who should be starting, epic beard haver and NBA hipster, my current favorite NBA player
  6. Chris Paul – Starting guard for the NO Hornets, future New York Knick, almost beat the Lakers in the first round single-handedly
  7. Kevin Durant – Starting forward for OKC Thunder, 2-Time NBA Scoring Champ, older than me
  8. Derrick Rose – Starting guard for the Chicago Bulls, reigning NBA MVP, Man of a million facial expressions
  9. Kobe Bryant – Starting guard for the LA Lakers (my team), 2nd greatest player ever, calls himself the Black Mamba
Now, only four of these players are actual All-stars. In fact, two of them don’t even average double digit in points, one of them comes off the bench, and have I mentioned one of them participates in corny internet meme projects?
Despite this, I still think “The Ultimate NBA All-Star Weekend” is appropriate for this event. ‘Cause when a bunch of multi-millionaires decide to come over to a third world country to entertain hundreds of thousands of rabid basketball fans, you got to use the word ‘Ultimate’ to describe the whole thing. And with the current state of the NBA, every player’s practically an All-Star.
Anyway, I’m pretty sure this has been one of the most memorable experiences in my life. I was almost brought to tears when the announcer was introducing Kobe (something that only happened one other time in my lifetime), and seeing an NBA game has always been one of my life-long dreams. For this, I would like to thank Manny V. Pangilinan for almost owning everything in the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao for being so successful that a bunch of multi-millionaires go crazy over him, and of course, Patricia Bermudez-Hizon for indirectly humiliating me from the NBA stars.
Here be crappy pictures.

Filed under: nba