Saturday, May 25, 2002

I don't think I'll ever get used to sleepovers. They usually give me a hangover after, often because of the fact that I get little sleep and I don't get to do take a bath and brush my teeth.

Went to Jobert's place yesterday in Makati and had a sleepover to play D&D. As usual, I wanted to get back home by the time the sun rose and I was supposed to hitch a ride with Jobert's sister but she forgot about me. =P I had to commute home, which isn't something I enjoy when I'm wasted.

Oh yeah, after buying a book at A Different Bookstore, they finally gave me an actual card for my discounts but I was shocked when I saw the name it had: Charles Donald Tan. That's not me! Oh well. That's another new name to add to my many aliases...

Oh yeah, Benj, I was kidding about my BLOG's URL... =)

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Thursday, May 23, 2002

You know you're pathetic when you need to go to one of your own links to find another person's BLOG.

Actually, I don't memorize the URLs of the BLOG of my former "friends" so I had to drop by Benj's Pitas page and click his links. At least now he knows why he gets regular hits from me. =)

Oh yeah, Benj, in case you're reading this, why is my own URL stuck up there? ^_^

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Its raining. And it fits my mood.

Got an email yesterday from Lea saying how she doesn't want me calling her up often. That came about because she was telling me things which I shouldn't exactly know about and I happened to mention them in my attempt to converse with other people. *sigh*

Well, I knew my friendships with people tend to crash and burn. Just didn't think mine with Lea would happen at such short notice. Then again, I don't exactly expect people to be angry at me. I just somehow manage to screw things up.

On a good note, I got an email from Steph and I'm glad I can still affect her in a good way. I got her into liking the Dune series. =)

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Woke up at nine today and guess what could have ruined a supposedly good day. Power failure.

Coined as "brownouts" during the late 80s, the Philippines has been known to experience power failures of varying lengths. It was resolved in the 90s but the occassional blackout still occurs from time to time for sometimes idiotic reasons such as jellyfish.

A blackout plagued Metro Manila starting at 11 am and power, at least for our home, resumed at around 3 pm. However, Lea's place only got their power back at around 7 pm. In the four hours of living without electricity, I reminisced on why I got into playing collectible card games.

I was an avid gamer, especially when it came to video games. A day didn't pass when I didn't turn on my Super Famicom and play the latest game I could afford. It was pretty annoying though when you'd reach a certain stage which took you the last few hours to get to, only to have it cut short by a blackout. Even some RPGs didn't save you this horror as you could only save in particular areas. Also, what other way could you entertain yourself when electricity isn't available?

My solution came in the form of Collectible Card Games (CCGs). The game was the popular Magic: The Gathering and by then, Fourth Edition had recently come out and the hottest expansion was Ice Age (Fallen Empires also came out but Magic fans know how weak that set was). The advantage of the game was that you didn't need electricity to play it. All you need was yourself, a deck, and a friend. Since the game consisted of only cards, it was easily portable and you could bring it anywhere. We often played at school, in my friend's house, in malls... Magic was a great, albeit expensive, hobby.

So what else did I do today? Aside from reading Pullman's Golden Compass, I planned to go to Glorietta to catch a glimpse of Anime Quest. And then I found out that it was still tomorrow. Still, I wanted to go to Glorietta and visit A Different Bookstore but unfortunately, I arrived at the MRT only to find out that they only went until Shaw.

The time then was 4 pm and since I had an hour and a half to kill before meeting with Anna, I decided walk to Robinsons Galleria. After strolling for a couple of minutes, I went to Megamall and finally saw a DVD copy of Metropolis. Was it worth getting? My pondering was cut short as it was 5:30 and I had to meet up with Anna at National Bookstore. There, I found at she left the books at her office in Tektite so we had to walk there.

The power failure had locked some of Anna's officemates in the office but power soon returned and we were able to retrieve my books and Anna's coworkers were free. Later in the evening, I called Lea to rant and we discussed about Anime Quest, Questor, and my plans for the future.

As I was talking to Lea, I thought of my crush as I really miss her. Perhaps I should be grateful that I received an email from her yesterday. That aside, I want to set up an anime magazine once I graduate since the one we have here isn't exactly a work of art. And it's expensive. And most of it was acquired from the Internet. Also, I plan to set up an organization to set up conventions instead of the commercial affiliated ones we have here. A dream? Perhaps but one can always hope.

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Sunday, May 19, 2002

While I'm downloading Microsoft's patch for Internet Explorer, let me narrate at how impressed I was at Hunter x Hunter's OAV.

I watched the fifth episode yesterday and it was relieving to finally see some action after four episodes. Gon and Kirua managed to distract their captors so that Kurapika was able to abduct the leader of the Spider but the two were unable to escape. The second half of the episode focused on The Spider's past and how one of its members ponder on whether she should betray her leader for the sake of the group.

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For the past few days, I've been trying to write something new for my other BLOG but I just can't seem to get around doing it. There always seems to be something distracting me, either it's a new book to read, a show to watch, beating my high score in Pinball, or just plain sleepiness.

Anyway, my parents finally arrived from Australia so gone are my days of being home alone. I met Benj at the EDSA Shrine this morning and he managed to sneak up on me. I finally got a copy of Microsoft Office so now I have no excuse not to write.

Got to finish reading The King's Buccaneer and instead of moving on to the Riftwar Legacy, I decided to take a break and read something different. From my library of unread books, I chose Philip Pullman's Golden Compass (a.k.a. Northern Lights and the first book of His Dark Matters trilogy). Besides, my friend Mia has yet to finish reading that book, if I'm not mistaken.

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