Thursday, September 24, 2009

on climate change and everyday's little things

Hello, I'm back from a dialogue-forum on climate change.

While I've been slowly turning into an ecowarrior (little steps, baby steps), I'm not much of a stay-on-one-subject blogger so I won't write the details or 'what I learned' or 'what happened' here. I'd rather (literally) talk about the subject. Mahabang usapan eh, tinatamad lang talaga akong mag-type. Hehehe. There you go. So what the heck am I doing here? Just a few thoughts from my end as a school-based development worker: I have to get moving beyond our Styro-free Campaign. I want to do more, but with the amount of (other) work I have to do, it's going to be very difficult. As much as I would like to focus on our advocacy, I can't do everything on my own. I need the support of the office, of the whole university. Someone has to do my other work. Hahaha. Fat chance. Oh well.

What I really want to say, really, is that I learned a lot and I feel good about learning a lot about issues about the environment. The learning part is, I think, what I can share with others for now--after all, one of the 'perks' of working in my office is getting to suggest what the next training for our partners will be. Climate change is (really) here, and we need to adapt. So what can we do? [As a little step, we--our office--could conduct awareness campaigns and such.] Do we care about healing the world, about making it a better place for all, not just the entire human 'race' but including all living things (Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather)? Do we care about the next generations' right to life? Then we have to make others understand, for it is only when one understands that one loves, and it is through loving that one protects. Kaya nga I'm very fortunate to have someone who understands me, and I understand him, and we understand each other. Hehehe. Naks. :)

Hunnyway, here are some photos of my the event and of some little things I found interesting. :)

The group photo. I am very easily found.
Workshop, placing metacards.
And I was "volunteered" to report. I gave a very concise paperpoint presentation.
I must have looked like such a geek.
Another workshop output. Applying the tape that way was my idea.

And here I am working on that output. I like pasting stuff.
Okay, now for some interesting little things!
Of course I got the bed by the window.
I liked our curtains.
Charlie was my roommate's bedmate. I was so envious. I should have brought Mr. Kite along!
Makati na raw 'yung nasa malayo.
Filinvest property.
So that's why they call it 'soul-searching'. :))
Line up.
Probably the most dangerous kiddie pool I've ever seen.
I miss taking photos.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

testing, testing

upon ige's suggestion (i asked him: if i had a real, hands-on art thing, what medium would i use? or something like that), i tried my hand at using a brush pen. it feels nice, but controlling the grip and learning how to properly apply pressure is pretty tricky. light strokes, heavy strokes, smooth lines, thin lines--all vary depending on how skilled your hand is. and my hand isn't really trained in the art department.

it made my scrawls look like fancy calligraphy though.
how i feel right now: terribly missing the other thursday kid.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I met him through his shoes.

Some years ago, I was sitting at a curb watching people mill around at an event--I don't remember what it was anymore. I turned to study the pavement's wrinkles (and shimmer, I think, the sand?) and I noticed a pair of sneakers near the ground in front of me. I studied it for a bit, glad the owner stood still. Interesting, I thought. (The guy) Must be one of those rockstar-artist types--while the rest of the yuppie universe kept their shoes clean, he must have had a grand time doodling on the toe guards.

The shoes walked away. I resumed my ground-staring.

A few months ago I saw the shoes again, this time with their owner. Or should I say, this time I met their owner first before I saw them again.

I know those shoes, I thought, trying to remember. I've seen them before.

As I smiled at my labidabs I told him why he should thank his shoes.



this show is. posted this just because it's another collab work with ige trinidad. :) photo by me, layout+design stuff by ige. remember my cory doll? hehe. wala kasi kaming submission para sa show kaya eto na lang.
Poster design for the Yellow Democracy exhibit at Sigwada Gallery, September 9-13, 2009.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

hit "Translate" and you'll get this

translations for my "malayang talakayan" posts. click the titles for the originals. :) i copy+pasted them exactly as they appear after google was done with them.

oo pare, pag heard 'free as a bird' the beatles, like I want to pole dance. been I imagine myself: I wearing shining two-piece with pink and stilletos. stereotype that stereotype, with patience, nakatatak sa brain ko 'yung appearance by Natalie Portman in' closer ', prosti-nu'ng nagpaka him. I've ganu'n I imagine, play pag na 'yung kanta. ... ayan kunyari already have the pole on stage, dark but with some light corner to corner. oo pare, ganu'n I katindi the imagination. already imagine myself, pag yun 'yung song, and you --

nandu'n you sit, just quiet, holding cold beer in the left hand and right na, panyong swab the sweat. nandu'n you, sitting, watching, staring, and because I know nandu'n you (because earnings placed there), and no one else but us (for 'yun ang inimagine I), I come to' yo --

then end with 'yung song, the ending somewhat wirdo nu'n not you, not things to pole dancing without halong correctly. the beatles really yes.


You look outside, like a rain that evaporate before hit the ground, so walking on clouds like the people. purely tuloy ang punas glass to me; akala ko kasi may just dirt.

you know, I kinikilig pag sabay tayong cleaning glass.

I read yesterday 'yung mga old blog ko, grabe very nu'n loser ko pala ... I knew what 'sa wrong but I just allowed. nagpaka-fasyown me as a martyr. dehins thing, so who the grandmother makeover and now back to the beauty inside and out. yep, I'm back. hahaha. buti na lang talaga. :) You know that 'yun.

Placing my trip home last night; no radio was manually and forgot fx home 'yung mp3 player ko. nu'ng income if asked ano'ng request for ring to brain ko, grabe pare, along with other visuals' yung kanta. sabi mo kasi 'your song' di ba? 'na ost? well, Moulin Rouge lang naman ang alam kong film nu'n use. so 'yun, happening night-times I replay' yung eksenang 'your song' in Moulin Rouge, complete with Nicole Kidman's rolling on the floor playing with herself giggling. "yes, that's what I want, naughty words!" Ewan McGregor done very cutely would sing out loud "MY GIFT IS MY SONG ... and this one's for you," then that mapapatulala nicole ... whattasequence pare. already asleep yata ako. ang sarap ng aircon eh.

huy! Many of us watch the movie. sana naman and should have matuloy least one this year. six months we plan to watch the movie but until now still no natutuloy. hanep. sins of benjamin Lawton 'to, we've been cursed! bwahahaha. remember you ha, 'Coraline', 'up', 'where the wild things are. animated puro pala 'yun. di na kasi enjoy watching people 'no? We tortured the 'sleuth', serious human psyche 'yan, nakaka-psychology. korni peanut popcorn.

I have forgotten in the mp3 player ko kanina, yehey! buti na lang, kasi wala akong mukhang against crater of a dj with a popular radio station on the radio (duh). is, we say radio wag ... harhar. anyway, good pagkakaupo to the school bus (read: more bus-quiapo) and meditative about the universe unfolding as it should ... relak-relak lang ba. random linked to the folder "misc" and then I magpaka-sentimellow the song 'shoot the moon' by Norah Jones naman akong suddenly awakened to 'october' of EWF. uuy. I have remembered.

it started pretty 'yun, di ba?

ang galing-galing! from this diagram onwards often I get a cheek kakangiti.

btw, I turned orange today. maybe you already green. course a large chance that wrong I guess, hehehe. kamusta naman ang espn?

not that I say. back that 'yung ine-edit ko. good luck that also pagpapaka-visualizer us there. vini now also visualize income, sitting, smiling, tinted the white box.

The kyut mo talaga pare.

so, that appear in a national publication 'yung feature article we mocked, written by an' artist 'for a gallery. nu'ng shown in 'kin' sa raw / unedited version, I edited a little (the olats kasi talaga, the p're) done immediately to restore I pareng sender, to send again the concern. unfortunately that is naisubmit the magazine raw 'yung (unedited) version and maybe care' yung magazine editor to edit, since her job 'yun. oh well.

I said, oks lang, pag 'yung version I still have been published in tune e pa' yung writing, e di naman ako make-credit if ganu'n. di naman I refuse to "tumino" nu'ng writing in any one of the only nasasambit inedit ko 'yung article said. so, that appear in the magazine. and! napakahiwagang no pinagbago the raw article in printed version - meaning, no you edit the article. mygulay. no editor? national magazine? or maybe with that editor, di naman made the job? hmm ... or, maybe too elibs He also 'writer' na nu'ng article Stateside pretty name, not tampered with, assuming that the impeccable English grandfather niyo, american-sounding nga kasi ang name. anyway, unfortunately for the magazine and gallery fini-feature, multiple errors in the article. 'error' as in the styling, the grammar, the phrasing, malaprops, etc.. sabagay. image gallery naman 'yun, why ikaka-hb? shots that the shots naman sila writer / artist / thinker that comrade pinagsulat them, so just let us. suicide by feature article, good luck na lang.

that we discuss tuloy, "if you enter the magazine such article ..." hmm, imagine what we can get away with.

pag so I write magazine That's it for to point out the errors, so I make a new editor? bwahahaha. mainly I would do is republish the article, but of course with the corrections, or wait, that footnotes, the more excessive "[sic]".

sorry ha, di ko talaga eh hesitate. uber not from writing but I know naman the basic grammar rules and style. The "it's" is shortened form of "it is" and "its" are 'yung Possessive. for example, it is right: "the gallery made a mistake by putting its faith in you." want another? o eto: "it's amazing how you can be such a poser." extra information for: brother, if long a sick old man and given to the term of his life, in that be called 'untimely demise' is after him, especially if the cause of death was' yung disease himself. common sense, dude.

and maybe a good look first to the dictionary meaning of a word before you use it. porke no 'sounds like' a word is also ganu'n means. example, in oks na yata other describe the interior of an art gallery that you ginagawan feature the word "Homely" just because it seems like a word that means something like 'feels like home. naku lagot you should really consulted first si mr. webster. tip only. If you turn pretty tinatamad find in the dictionary because you know look it, google is your friend. educate yourself. If you really want to hone your skills in creative writing, reading also. begin to 'elements of style'. simple lang pero rock were strunk & white.

so, what is positive we get here, kids?

aba syempre can use 'exercise in editing' the article, complete with guide questions: what were the grammatical errors committed? how can this article be improved, if it can be improved at all? as the editor, would you seriously consider accepting articles from this person again? seriously? "

o sige na, bad and my people proud. I, I know the rules before I break them. mahilig lang akong mag-capitalize the letters sa kyut they look better. so kawaii you.

osya, nahimasmasan me. thank you, blog!

malayang talakayan 03

so, lumabas na nga sa isang national publication 'yung feature article na pinagtawanan namin, na sinulat ng isang 'artist' para sa isang gallery. nu'ng pinakita sa 'kin 'yung raw/unedited version, inedit ko nang kaunti (kasi ang olats talaga, mga p're) tapos binalik ko agad kay pareng sender, para maipadala ulit sa kinauukulan. sa kasamaang palad ay naisubmit na raw sa magazine 'yung (unedited) version at bahala na siguro 'yung magazine editor mag-edit, since trabaho niya 'yun. oh well.

sabi ko, oks lang, pag 'yung version ko pa ang na-publish e di umayos pa 'yung writing, e di naman ako make-credit kung ganu'n. di naman ako papayag na "tumino" ang pagsusulat nu'ng isa nang di man lang nasasambit na inedit ko 'yung article niya. so, lumabas na nga sa magazine. at! napakahiwagang walang pinagbago ang raw article sa printed version--meaning, walang nag-edit sa article. mygulay. walang editor?! national magazine?! o baka may editor nga, di naman ginawa ang trabaho? hmm... or, baka masyadong elibs din siya sa 'writer' nu'ng article kasi medyo stateside ang pangalan, di na pinakialaman, assuming na impeccable ang english ng lolo niyo, american-sounding nga kasi ang name. anyway, unfortunately para sa magazine at sa gallery na fini-feature, madaming mali sa article. 'mali' as in sa styling, sa grammar, sa phrasing, malaprops, etc. sabagay. image naman ng gallery 'yun, bakit ko ikaka-hb? bilib na bilib naman sila sa writer/artist/comrade thinker na pinagsulat nila, kaya hayaan na lang natin. suicide by feature article, good luck na lang.

na-discuss tuloy namin, "kung nakakapasok sa magazine ang ganyang article..." hmm, imagine what we can get away with.

pag sumulat kaya ako sa magazine na 'yun para i-point out ang errors, gawin kaya akong bagong editor? bwahahaha. unang-una kong gagawin ay ire-republish ko ang article, pero syempre with corrections na, or teka, footnotes na lang, na madaming madaming "[sic]".

sorry ha, di ko talaga matigilan eh. hindi ako uber galing sa pagsusulat pero alam ko naman ang basic grammar rules and style. ang "it's" ay shortened form ng "it is" at ang "its" naman ay 'yung possessive. for example, ito ang tama: "the gallery made a mistake by putting its faith in you." gusto mo ng isa pa? o eto: "it's amazing how you can be such a poser." dagdag-kaalaman pa: kapatid, kung matagal nang may sakit ang isang matandang tao at binigyan na ng taning ang buhay niya, di mo na matatawag na 'untimely demise' ang pagkamatay niya, lalo na kung ang cause of death niya ay 'yung sakit niya mismo. common sense, dude.

at siguro magandang tignan mo muna sa dictionary ang ibig sabihin ng isang salita bago mo ito gamitin. hindi porke 'sounds like' ang isang salita ay ganu'n din ang ibig sabihin nito. halimbawa, di yata oks na pang-describe ng interior ng isang art gallery na ginagawan mo ng feature ang salitang "homely" just because it seems like a word that means something like 'feels like home'. naku lagot ka, dapat talaga kinonsulta mo muna si mr. webster. tip lang. kung medyo tinatamad ka namang maghanap ng dictionary dahil di mo alam ang itsura nito, google is your friend. educate yourself. kung gusto mo talagang i-hone ang iyong skills sa creative writing, magbasa ka rin. simulan mo sa 'elements of style'. simple lang pero rock sina strunk & white.

so, ano'ng positive ang makukuha natin dito, mga kids?

aba syempre pwedeng gamiting 'exercise in editing' ang article na ito, complete with guide questions: "what were the grammatical errors committed? how can this article be improved, if it can be improved at all? as the editor, would you seriously consider accepting articles from this person again? seriously?"

o sige na, masama at mayabang na akong tao. ako, i know the rules before i break them. mahilig lang akong mag-lowercase ng letters kasi mas kyut silang tignan. so kawaii ba.

osya, nahimasmasan na ako. thank you, blog!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The First of September

  • I like how this month is spelled.
  • I'm expecting to hear Christmas carols soon.
  • Things are starting to get very, very busy.
  • Conversations with the Self: finish the must-do, and then you can do the wanna-do.
  • On this day last year I got a nice surprsise. :)
  • I've been reviewing my anthropology. I'm getting rusty.
  • I gave myself an 8/10 in writing. Ang kapal ng fez ko! Okay I'll lower it to 7.7.
  • Speaking of writing, a little tip: know what words mean before you use them. Like, "untimely demise" can't be applied to the late Pres. Cory; and the word "homely" must not used to describe a place you're writing a (promotional, anniversary) feature article about. Well, not unless that place is asking you to ruin its image. Oh, and by the way, thank you for being a part of its 'struggling existence', my fellow comrade thinker. Let's discuss artistic concepts soon as we sit on the floor of that homely place you wrote about.
  • Whew. Someday I will learn to laugh at that kind of bad writing.