Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The 2017 Year-In-Review

.:The 2017 Year-In-Review:.

Bye, 2017! I hope I remember enough to answer this stuff.
1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?

Do a podcast, even just as a guest.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn't make any last year, and I don't plan to make any this year. As it has always been. This hasn't really changed, huh?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Doesn't seem like it, but a lot of good friends got married.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, but someone did early 2018. :(

5. What countries did you visit?

Went to Vietnam for the first time ever, and had a great trip in Cebu!

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?

Money! This is the year of Trabaho, Ipon, Travel, Enjoy.

7. What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

September 30. Never thought she could pull it off, but Patricia the Hun threw me a surprise birthday party.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

My "Despedida" show, despite lackluster attendance due to weather and timing, was probably my slickest performance to date. I've also made a lot of headway helping out as a mere fan in the small but budding world of Pinoy pro wrestling.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not doing enough to assuage fears that should have been assuaged, and the immediate consequences of that inaction.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

During the Manila Improv Festival, I had no voice and was burning up with fever.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Seeing as she's been winning tournaments with it, Patricia the Hun's Mono-R Burn deck.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Patricia The Hun. No explanations needed.

13. Whose behavior appalled you and made you depressed?

People I wished to work with who ended up doing wrong by me or my brother.

14. Where did most of your money go?

MTG, Food and Uber, it still seems.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My webshow with the Kakaibros, even if it's been spotty when it comes to shooting and posting online.

16. What song will always remind you of 2017?

Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? – happier
ii. thinner or fatter? – fatter
iii. richer or poorer? – poorer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Travel, gigs, and actually writing for Cracked. This has been going on for how many years already, but I think at least two of those will change.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Unwise purchases.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Spent in Tagaytay again.

21. Did you fall in love in 2017?

Stayed in love? Absolutely.

22. How many one-night stands?

Nope.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

How To Get Away With Murder has been on fire this season.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

More like the opposite. I've made amends with people I never expected to. And that's a good thing.

25. What was the best book you read?

The new Dan Brown book since that was the only physical book I read. I know. Judge me.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

That Inigo Pascual isn't such a bad singer at all.

27. What did you want and not get?

To get more gigs. A lot of hitches got in the way, but this year, I'm done with excuses.

28. Favorite film of this year?

Probably Smaller and Smaller Circles and The Last Jedi.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 34 in the company of people who loved me enough to plan a party behind my back.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Selling my condo off, and maybe headlining a show I didn't produce myself. Still the same, but I'm fine with it.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?

Hanging shirts. Not by choice.

32. What kept you sane?

Patricia The Hun, gaming in general. Hearthstone and WWE Supercard, especially.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Pass.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

All of them. Still.

35. Who did you miss?

Switch Improv. Elbert Or.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

The Kakaibros.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.

Patience is truly a virtue and can save relationships.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Despacito 
Quiero respirar tu cuello despacito 
Deja que te diga cosas al oído 
Para que te acuerdes si no estás conmigo...


Despacito: slowly, in Spanish.

Friday, September 15, 2017

I'm Writing Again. This Is Not A Test

.:Guess Who's Back? Back Again?:.

Well, yes. I'm back to blogging, although probably with far less photos and captions for the moment, as I try to get my footing back.

Or maybe, I'll just not blog for a year again afterwards or something. I don't know, really.

There's been a lot going on since I last blogged, and though one could just point in the direction of social media as an easy way to get people caught up, it's not like anyone who didn't already care would at this point. This blog is really more for me than for any perceived readership at this point.

From developments in my life to where our country has been headed lately, there's so much going on my mind in recent weeks, especially when the bloggers went old school and started hanging out with each other again.

Ultimately, while I don't know what I have to say in the long-term, all I want to say right now is that there is a whole f*ckton wrong with this world lately, and it's disturbing how we feel compelled to sit through it and just mostly talk about it in the comfort of our own echo chambers.

It's scary, because people far wiser, far better than I could ever  hope to be are all doing this, and not without reason. To see them pretty much clam up instead of fight on, knowing full well that fighting on and on won't yield them much in today's climate is indeed disheartening. But can you blame them?

But I guess I'm just dumber than I normally look, so here I am, perhaps not as brave as some of the bravest I know, but still blatantly fighting front and center with my name attached to it. That's really how it is, I guess.

Because y'know what? I know all too well that what I'm fighting for is absolutely right.

"Compromise where you can. Where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say, 'No, *you* move'." 

- Sharon Carter, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Friday, January 06, 2017

The 2016 Year In Review!

.:The 2016 Year-In-Review:.

Good riddance, 2016. Here's your exit review.

1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?

Cooking? I mean, I sorta did that before, but not to this extent. Of course, there's also multiple relationship milestones in 2016 that I have never, ever done before.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn't make any last year, and I don't plan to make any this year. As it has always been. This hasn't really changed, huh?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Doesn't seem like it.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Why do you think we all hate 2016? 

5. What countries did you visit?

Nowhere. So much for traveling in 2016.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

Travel! Thankfully, I'm taking a trip to Cebu this late January, so we're pretty sure this will be corrected. Would also love to have more shows, considering how good 2016 was on that front. And, oh. An article for Cracked, finally?

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

October 22. 10 years of mind reading and comedy!


The Tito of Mentalism!


8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

The October 22 show, From Khan To 10, was definitely it, aside from domestic achievements and relationship milestones I would rather keep to myself.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Letting other people get in my way for way too long, and caring what people think instead of just doing what I should be doing for myself.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Had to get a CPAP machine this year. Sleep apnea is a thing.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

The Christmas/Birthday/Anniversary present I got for Patricia The Hun. It was a Nintendo 3DS. ;)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Patricia The Hun. No explanations needed.

13. Whose behavior appalled you and made you depressed?

Oh, you know. The guys who thought that comedy should be a Mean Girls clubhouse.

14. Where did most of your money go?

MTG, Food and Uber, it seems.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The fact that Patricia The Hun went back from the States instead of staying there indefinitely. 

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

"Closer," by the Chainsmokers. So many great people died in 2016. I wish this song went with them, too, even if it's anything but a great song.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? – happier
ii. thinner or fatter? – fatter
iii. richer or poorer? – richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Travel, gigs, and actually writing for Cracked. This has been going on for how many years already?

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Wasting my time on lost causes.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Spent in Tagaytay.

21. Did you fall in love in 2016?

Stayed in love? Absolutely.

22. How many one-night stands?

Nope.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

Elementary,without a doubt. I like Sherlock Holmes when he's not being an insufferable twit.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I would have, but I decided to let it go. 

25. What was the best book you read?

None, unfortunately.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The fact that the guy who sang Pen Pineapple Apple Pen looks just like my old friend and teammate, Osmond Go.

27. What did you want and not get?

To bring in more people under the MFT umbrella. It was a quiet part of my life that I can't help but appreciate.

28. Favorite film of this year?

Civil War. Because it wasn't easy. Civil War ang tunay na mahirap.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 33 with minimal fanfare.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Selling my condo off, and maybe headlining a show I didn't produce myself.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?

In transition.

32. What kept you sane?

Patricia The Hun, Street Fighter V.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Still Harriet Sugarcookie.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

All of them.

35. Who did you miss?

Old friends I cut off because of my own stupidity. And Switch Improv.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Robert Rubin would be my guess.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.

Songs about Pens and Pineapples and Apples could make you ridiculously rich in 2016.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

"Ugh!" - PPAP

That's really all I can muster for 2016.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

I Think You Ought To Know...

.:Kel Fabie: From Khan To 10:.
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Allow me to spare you so many words. I will be performing on my 10th anniversary as a mentalist this coming October 22, and I hope to see you there.
All the info you need is right there in the poster, and if you wanted to see a trailer for the show, knock yerselves out by clicking here!

ee y'all this October 22! Tickets are available at Ticket World by next week, at the latest!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

"You And Me Against The World?" What's This? High School?!?

.:"You And Me Against The World?" What's This? High School?!?:.

When you love someone, you will fight for them, and you will do anything for them. Yet in the middle of doing just that, sometimes you wonder how insane the people around you can actually be.

And that's what I'm contending with right now, among other things.

Sometimes, people want to see nothing but the worst in you, and the doctrine of charity gets tossed away in favor of the worst possible interpretation of your actions. Unfortunately for them, that says a lot more about them than it does about you. Even then, if it keeps happening often enough to you, it does leave a mark, and it really can ruin your day.

I'm at a point in my life where I should be okay and I shouldn't be bothered by these issues anymore. Unfortunately, they still do, and it never ends, really. From bullies to antagonists, we all have these people in our lives who only ever seem to show up to make life unpleasant and ingratiate themselves towards us.

I've been happy for months with Hun, and yet looking at things now, it seems like there are forces at work that refuse to let that happiness remain. And it drives me insane when I think about it, because I don't even know why there's a bee in their bonnet yet again, and why I have to put up with it when they certainly weren't what I signed up for in the first place.

And in between a major hurdle like that, you are then reminded of people who assume the worst of you, who think you're capable of things you wouldn't dream of doing, all the while oblivious to the fact that they really don't even deserve the time of day but you're just too polite to just tell them to bugger right off. It's exhausting. It's depressing. And yeah, maybe this whole post is indeed becoming a cry for help.

There is something that is patently ridiculous about having to deal with soap opera shenanigans in this day and age, and to have to play along with it. It boggles the mind why I have to put up with it, and why I have to be subjected to it from these people.

And here's the most amazing thing about it: much as I want to be all "woe is me" and think I'm some kind of victim the universe is crapping on at this very moment, I can't help but realize that none of these people who are really stressing me out right now are actively victimizing anyone. They're assholes, yes, but they're oblivious about being assholes, and think that whatever the hell they are doing is perfectly just and normal, even if it is decidedly not so.

And that's why here I am, still having to fight for the love of my life like it's a page taken out of a high school romance pocketbook. This is why I still have to deal with stupid people who don't get it when you want to just let sleeping dogs lie, and are oh so vain, they probably think this post is about them.

This is why here I am, dealing with issues in the most creative of ways: writing obtusely about it, and then attempting to sleep it off.

This is why here I am, still wondering when the peace of mind I thought I'd finally earned from just walking away instead of putting up a fight would ever actually come.

C'mon, guys: you already won. Just leave me be, will ya?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Galing At Peugeot

.:Galing At Peugeot:.

So I was supposed to talk about the French Film Festival, because, you know, film. Awesome. But here's the funny thing: I didn't get to catch a single movie from the festival, and instead hung out with the fine people from Peugeot, because they were talking to me about the Festival so much, it almost felt like I was there. Almost. But with more cars and fun anecdotes. And less of the plodding navel-gazing most French films are known and loved for. You don't criticize a French film for being plodding and navel-gazing and all thinkpiece-y: you applaud them for it.

Pictured: more excitement than most French films. Again, not a knock against French films.


The funny thing is, I don't even drive. If I did, I'd have been doing it while by now. And I always had a soft spot for European cars. The problem with European cars I was mostly aware of, though, was that maintenance would be a bit more difficult than the usual Japanese cars whose parts and spare parts are readily available, and boy, do European cars cost a world more money than their Japanese and even American counterparts.

And then next thing I knew, I was introduced to Peugeot by my relatively new friend, Nikki. And what I discovered about this French brand floored me, because while I'm not a gear freak and I can't tell you the first thing about cars, I definitely share a lot in common with the average pedestrian who can't help but gawk when a beautiful car drives past them, because chances are, I am that average pedestrian gawking when a beautiful car drives past me.

So beautiful, I insisted on holding the camera at all times, so no, you won't see me by the car.


For starters, a trip to their showroom immediately killed the impression that European cars were all super pricey and hard to maintain, with price ranges that are shockingly competitive with the popular Japanese and American brands here, Peugeot not only boasts of the same kind of quality we've come to expect from European cars, but even the touted best diesel engine in the world. So not only do you get great quality, but the gas and mileage are pretty high up there, too.

I was really enamored by their sports car, although given that I don't drive, it would probably look awkward if I hired a driver to drive me around in it. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I'm inclined to guess people would assume we're dating, because that's normally how it works when you're driving around in a sports car with two people in it.

"Pare, open-minded ka ba?" Meet the Peugeot RCZ.


The fact that they discontinued the RCZ and what I saw in the showroom was perhaps the last of its kind just made me realize that this was indeed a collector's item, and one of the sleekest, most elegant cars I have ever seen. I know what I like when I see it, and the experts have told me enough about what goes on under that hood for me to appreciate that indeed, this is definitely a fine specimen of automotive technology.

Overall, I've been amazed and impressed, and while I'm no gearhead, I knew what the right questions to ask were when it came to what I needed in the event I ever needed to purchase a car. After all, with all other things being equal, including price, apparently, why wouldn't I go for arguably the number 1 diesel engine in the world, and all the prestige that comes with the name of Peugeot?

And that's really the main selling point of Peugeot to me: you are buying into an honored French automobile tradition, and you are doing it at a downright steal for what that brand means to the general public. And as if that weren't enough, they're currently offering promotions if you act now and get one of their rides, so don't tell me I didn't warn you that there are tickets to Valuetown to be had.

Speaking of "value," Nikki swears she fits into the trunk of this car, and another person like her! Mmmmmm! Okay, maybe we shouldn't give John Wayne Gacy's fans any ideas.


Again, I don't drive yet, and I'm anything but an opinion leader when it comes to cars. What people who know me can attest to, though, is that I have a huge love affair with European cars, and Peugeot may be currently the apple of my eye with its sleek style, multiple offerings for all walks of life, prestigious name, and unbeatable price point, considering said prestigious name. To me, that's more than good enough, and once I inevitably purchase my first car (by then, I hope I know how to drive because I would, as I earlier stated, hate to ride in the passenger seat of an RCZ), I'm inclined to make it a Peugeot.


And if you are, too, feel free to get in touch with Ms. Nikki Cheng Peugeot's Business Development Officer, via her mobile, 09175646119. You just might get a special discount if you act now and drop this blog's name! 

I don't really do this much, so yeah, I find it a big deal to be writing about a particular brand, and no, I definitely wasn't paid for this. I wish I were, but that's not really how I've worked as a blogger these past 14 years, so why change now?

And, oh, here's one more thing: the piece de resistance - the Expert Tepee, which is a 9-seater MPV, and the very ride that Ms. Jaclyn Jose experienced as she cruised her win to a Cannes Best Actress plum recently. It's a thing of beauty - as long as John Wayne Gacy's fans stay far, far away from it.

Squint hard enough, and you'll see my reflection there.


So yeah, that was how I spent my time a couple of weeks ago: enjoying cars like a normal male person, which isn't typical of me. The thing is, though, with how crazy life has been for me these past few months, what constitutes "normal" at this point for me, really? I might never know, but as far as I'm concerned, I can keep going as long as I have faith in myself. Much in the same way Peugeot has faith in its time-honored tradition of excellence.