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Daily Intake Diary #4

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Doctor Who Series One
There’s a section in my book collection dedicated to time. An illustrated Introduction to Time. A Sideways Look at Time. The classic, A Brief History of Time. And I’ve been eyeing the Time Traveler’s Almanac for months now. My favorite movies are Groundhog Day and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. More TMI: this geekery started when Trunks traveled back to the past to warn the Z-fighters about the androids and to give Goku medicine for his then-incurable viral heart disease.

So why did I start watching Doctor Who—the longest-running, most popular time travel franchise—only last month? ‘Coz years ago somebody, whose taste in anything I deemed untrustworthy, told me to watch it. And now I’m so behind (by 9 years!) that I’m ashamed to call myself a time travel fan. I’m so behind that I’m still stuck with David Tennant and wishing for Christopher Eccleston to come back, while everyone else is already fangirling on Peter Capaldi.

What should I do to be worthy of being in the fandom???

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
I used to read a lot of shoujo because despite its reputation, there are actually sensible ones out there. But to get to the sensible ones you have to go through a lot of:

Exhibit A: Heroine gets a tiny paper cut on her finger. Male lead carries her to the clinic, bridal style.
Exhibit B: Heroine trips, male lead tries to catch her, and they fall on top of each other looking all gooey eyed.
Exhibit C: Did I mention that the male lead is the most popular, smart, athletic, rich guy in school and is usually not interested in girls—but is, for some reason, immensely attracted to the heroine?
Exhibit D: Heroine has no redeeming qualities.

If you’ve experienced the above scenarios and more, you will love GSNK—it makes fun of ‘em all. I’ve been reading the manga (which is in a four-frame gag comic format) and I was glad the anime pulled it off. Absolutely hilare.

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Daily Intake Diary #3

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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring is about buddhist monk growing up in a floating temple; his awakening to loss, lust, grief, renewal, and transformation marked by the seasons.

It sounds unassuming but this is probably one of those movies that can change someone’s perspective on life. And if you’re not into touching stories, you might still want to stick around for the breathtaking cinematography. Absolutely recommended.

Safety Not Guaranteed
This is actually the second time I’ve seen Safety Not Guaranteed, and what I realized this time around is that it’s less about time travel and more about questioning your beliefs. It will get you wondering ‘til the end—can they time travel or can’t they?

8 Femmes
Upon seeing the production treatment (bright costumes, stage play feel), it didn’t take me long to figure it wasn’t the murder mystery its synopsis said it was. Mostly because about five minutes into it, the characters burst into song and dance. It was a murder mystery musicale. I know French movies can be whimsical but… each character had a solo song and dance number and… was it supposed to be charming? And it had more plot twists than it cared to resolve. It was entertaining and I kept an open mind, but this movie’s just not for me. I think I’ll stick to The Silence of the Lambs.

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Saltwater by Brazos
I am in no way qualified to recommend or dish out opinion on music seeing as I’m into pa-poging-este-alternative rock—which this isn’t, by the way. It’s an eccentric, frenetic thing they say is called “transcendent groove music.” I have no idea what that means but I really liked Always On and Charm.

Writing 101 Day Three: Commit to a Writing Practice

Today, celebrate three songs that are significant to you. For your twist, write for fifteen minutes without stopping — and build a writing habit.

Forever and Ever - Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin

My VHS copy of Pooh’s Grand Adventure would probably sue me for abuse if it had a mouth. It’s just so battered from being popped in the player so often. I sang to Forever and Ever every damn day—and even that’s less than I am willing to admit. I sang Forever and Ever until life dealt me something like my best friend moving to Pluto. Okay, maybe she was just at Caloocan, but this was a time before cellphones and the internet, plus we didn’t have landline, so it might as well have been another planet.

"No matter where I go, we’ll always be together"? Bollocks, Pooh. Before I knew it, I was writing letters I had no intention of sending.

We all know this already: Sometimes, people grow apart and lead lives that don’t intersect anymore. And sometimes there are people who just don’t fit in your landscape the way they did at first or you don’t fit in theirs. And that’s just the way it is. Maybe there’s a forever and ever but sometimes temporary is just fine. Maybe it’s for the best.


I’m not crying.

Somewhere in Between - Lifehouse

My college song. This got me through a lot of all-nighter projects by virtue of the identical experience it depicts. It’s like that study buddy technique, where you are egged on to review if only because you know you’re not the only one at it. And I like Lifehouse even if people call them pa-poging rock. (It’s not Jason Wade’s fault his face is beautiful.)

Starting Line - Keane

This song speaks to me on a divine level. It uplifts my soul.

My.

Soul.

I didn’t even think I had one. Also, this acoustic version is the bomb.

Writing 101 Day Two: A Room with a View (Or Just a View)

If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

I’m already snickering at how melodramatic my answer is.

It’s not Paris because that would be so hackneyed—even though I secretly want to take strolls on its cobblestone streets and drink coffee at some al fresco cafe. Sometimes I want to take the Henry David Thoreau route and go to the woods, build myself a cabin away from civilization, and cohabit with woodland creatures. But my default answer for questions like this is always Japan. There’s Kyoto, Shizuoka, Okinawa, Hokkaido—but right now? Where do I want to be right at this moment?

Right now all I want to do ride a steam locomotive train and watch sceneries go by. I want to be somewhere I’m not anywhere in particular. When you’re in transit, you’re either leaving or arriving or somewhere in between. You don’t have to deal with what you’re gonna do or what you did just yet. Everything just goes on and nothing gets old. You’re moving even if you stay perfectly still.

I told you it’s melodramatic.

And if I can choose any place to do my romanticized contemplation of life and existence, it’s gotta be Kyushu (they say the best rail ride is on the Hisatsu Line). Come drool with me.

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I submitted this shot for our finals in photography even though I took it with my phone’s 2 megapixel camera instead of a DSLR. Who cares about rules when the deadline’s in two hours you only need one more photo to complete the assignment? Take another photo? What do you take me for, conscientious?
It’s all gray and grainy and highly processed but in terms of composition I think it’s the best shot I’ve ever taken in my entire life. The electrical lines, bridge railing, the taxis leading off into the distance with the skyway punctuating their course. The streetlights adding to the intersection of lines. The sky to concrete rule-of-thirds ratio. The cluster of buildings in the distance. Am I making this sound overly dramatic?
(Photo taken outside SM Marikina.)

I submitted this shot for our finals in photography even though I took it with my phone’s 2 megapixel camera instead of a DSLR. Who cares about rules when the deadline’s in two hours you only need one more photo to complete the assignment? Take another photo? What do you take me for, conscientious?

It’s all gray and grainy and highly processed but in terms of composition I think it’s the best shot I’ve ever taken in my entire life. The electrical lines, bridge railing, the taxis leading off into the distance with the skyway punctuating their course. The streetlights adding to the intersection of lines. The sky to concrete rule-of-thirds ratio. The cluster of buildings in the distance. Am I making this sound overly dramatic?

(Photo taken outside SM Marikina.)

Writing 101 Day One: Unlock the Mind

To get started, let’s loosen up. Let’s unlock the mind. Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write.

It’s about twenty minutes ‘til I need to start up dinner and this is the perfect diversion. I suck at cooking. I am capable of doing it, but if I were to prepare a meal for someone gifted with state-of-the-art tastebuds, they’d probably taste the hesitation in my food. Heck, they’d probably taste contempt. I don’t just suck at cooking, I hate doing it. Probably since that godforsaken sinigang I labored over for two hours or more.

Sinigang is just boiling meat and vegetables together but that day I made sure all the vegetables were perfect, that’s why it took that long. I made sure the labanos were sliced the same size so they all cook evenly. Same treatment for the kangkongs and sitaws. And the gabi? I did not simply peel the gabi, I made it shining white and spherical. SPHERICAL. Only when the ingredients were perfect did I deem them suitable for death by boiling water.

And all my dad could say when he took a sip: “Ang alat.”

You see, I am good with visual and spatial reasoning—best score I got on my college entrance exam. But with cooking you need to be good at estimating abstract things like taste and time. I mean, salt to taste? What does that mean?? I eat everything! I don’t have this taste you speak of!

I also can’t accept how something I prepared for an hour or two will be devoured in five minutes. That’s the average consumption time for a family of patay gutoms like us. I know food gives life and all but I just can’t. I need something tangible to show for my hard work.

And that is why I turned to art.

Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit

Challenge accepted


Day One: Unlock the Mind
Welcome to Writing 101. In this inaugural assignment, let’s loosen up and just write. We’re so excited you’ve joined us — let’s get started!

Day Two: A Room with a View (Or Just a View)
We’re all drawn to certain places. If you had the power to get somewhere — anywhere — where would you go right now? For your twist, focus on building a setting description.

Day Three: Commit to a Writing Practice
Today, celebrate three songs that are significant to you. For your twist, write for fifteen minutes without stopping — and build a writing habit.

Day Four: The Serial Killer
Today, write about a loss. The twist: make this the first post in a three-post series.

Day Five: Be Brief
You discover a letter on a path that affects you deeply. Today, write about this encounter. And your twist? Be as succinct as possible.

Day Six: A Character-Building Experience
Today, you’ll write about the most interesting person you’ve met in 2014. In your twist, develop and shape your portrait further in a character study.

Day Seven: Give and Take
Focus today’s post on the contrast between two things. The twist? Write the post in the form of a dialogue.

Day Eight: Death to Adverbs
Go to a public location and make a detailed report of what you see. The twist of the day? Write the post without adverbs.

Day Nine: Changing Moccasins — Point of View
For today’s assignment, write a scene at the park. Up for a twist? Write the scene from three different points of view.

Day Ten: Happy (Insert Special Occasion Here)!
Today, be inspired by a favorite childhood meal. For the twist, focus on infusing the post with your unique voice — even if that makes you a little nervous.

Day Eleven: Size Matters
Today, tell us about the home you lived in when you were twelve. For your twist, pay attention to — and vary — your sentence lengths.

Day Twelve: (Virtual) Dark Clouds on the Horizon
Today, write a post with roots in a real-world conversation. For a twist, include foreshadowing.

Day Thirteen: Serial Killer II
Earlier in the course, you wrote about losing something. Today, write about finding something. For your twist, view day four’s post and today’s post as installments in a series.

Day Fourteen: To Whom It May Concern
Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What jumps out at you? Start there, and try a twist: write in the form of a letter.

Day Fifteen: Your Voice Will Find You
You’re told that an event that’s dear to your heart — an annual fair, festival, or conference — will be cancelled forever (or taken over by an evil organization). Write about it. For your twist, read your piece aloud, multiple times. Hone that voice of yours!

Day Sixteen: Serial Killer III
Today, imagine you work in a place where you manage lost or forgotten items. What might you find in the pile? For those participating in our serial challenge, reflect on the theme of “lost and found,” too.

Day Seventeen: Your Personality on the Page
What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears. If you’re up for a twist, write this post in a style that’s different from your own.

Writing 101, Day Eighteen: Hone Your Point of View
Craft a story from the perspective of a twelve-year-old observing it all. For your twist, focus on specific character qualities, drawing from elements we’ve worked on in this course, like voice and dialogue.

Writing 101, Day Nineteen: Don’t Stop the Rockin’
On this free writing day, remember the words of author Anne Lamott: “I don’t think you have time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won’t be good at it.”

Day Twenty: The Things We Treasure
For our final assignment, tell the tale of your most-prized possession. If you’re up for a twist, go long — experiment with longform and push yourself to write more than usual.

Uuuh, yeah. It sure gets personal though. This looks like a job for my—ten-tenenen!—other blog.

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Do I even sleep anymore or do I just take long naps?