So. I'm going to Singapore.

I don't really feel prepared, and I'm a little nervous, but more excited than anything else. Household's felt stifling these days - I don't know if it's always been like that and I just didn't notice recently because I was running through the wringer at school or if it's because there's been a lot going on for my family as of late. Either way, I think toughing it out on my own for two months will be good for me.

Been spending most of my time making sweet love to my PS3, as he has been FOREVER ALONE for quite some time now. I was supposed to get some writing and file fixing and marathoning done, but Dragon Age was just too shiny for me. ;; As it is, though, the game was totally worth it. I'm kind of glad I didn't have to spend a cent for it too.

Am resisting the urge (and failing) to write Dragon Age fic. Alistair, he is a puppy. And Zevran is my sexy bitch.

Yesterday was actually some kind of crazy... in the rush of stuff that I had to two for the past two weeks, I forgot to mention here that two of my closest friends had elected to get married on the same day. That pretty much left me scrambling all over the place to prepare, and then zipping from one place to the next on the day itself.

Fun times, though, if not a tad awkward, on occasion. As to why, I don't really want to say here. But I saw old faces, got to smoke in good company, ate nice food and generally enjoyed myself, even if I officially hate wearing long gowns. XD

Now before I go back to my downloads and my tagging and my gaming, an open meme for all you RPers out there looking to do some kinky stuff:

[open RP Post] Marry/Fuck/Hatesex Rough It Out/Tie Me Up/7 Minutes in Heaven @ sexhibitionists!

Aaaaand fic pimps.

► PERSONA 3. Minato & Minako // In a silent language
► PERSONA 4. Kanji & Naoto // The need to hold still
► SENGOKU BASARA. Koujurou // Too much love will kill you in the end
► GINTAMA. Takasugi // Will you get your wish?
► SOUL CAMPAIGN. Dojima & Roy // Memoirs of an amnesiac
► SOUL CAMPAIGN. Seimei & Sasuke // Your sweet symmetry, all shattered
H-hahahaha, I suppose a somewhat monthly update is better than no update at alll...

Hi gayz. Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all that jazz. My life? It has been nothing but crazy as of late, but in a good way.

SO AS OF LAST ENTRY I said I was going to SG, and I did, and it was really fun because [ profile] khursten was with me and we stayed with [ profile] tasogareika, which meant that we got to bug her 24/7, which we did. The conference was also super cool, because the topics were awesome, and I met people, and I also met this lady whose papers I actually refer to in my papers, which is the academic equivalent of a celebrity orgasm.

Going home meant going back to the Christmas rush, which wasn't so bad - didn't end up going to Baguio with the family, but I did give myself an early vacation. (I deserved it, okay. T_T) The break was just what I needed to get myself back on track, since we had our usual huge-ass gathering at home, and my amazing cousin got my bro and I Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (THE ENDING OF WHICH IS TYPICALLY WHAT THE FUCK). New Year's Eve, however, was slightly different, because a family friend of my father's invited our clan to spend New Year's with them in the kick-ass resort that they own.

Fireworks, free flowing booze, clubbing music and awesome accommodations. For those two days, all was right with the world.

ANYWAY SO. As those of you on Plurk already know, I won't be finishing my semester with Ateneo this year - this is because NUS offered me a research grant. ...Sort of. More like, I was given a strong referral, and now I'm waiting to see if the my proposal is good enough for them. How this happened? Just ask me; I don't want to talk about it online. This is kind of a win-win situation for me, because if I do end up really getting in, I'm spending the next two months in Singapore and getting paid even more for work that I love to do even more than teaching. If I don't actually make it, then at least I got to escape from a batch of kids that I didn't really enjoy teaching.

Of course, I'd prefer it if I got in, s-so. Here's hoping.

As it is, I have done all the preparations on my end, so I just need their word and I'm good to go. The English Department was real sweet about me going for a bit then coming back to teach for the next school year, and I managed to drop all of my classes and take a leave without too much hassle.

Oh yeah. I am writing again, more or less regularly. It is an amazing feeling.
This is so overdue, it ain't funny.

+ I managed to submit my paper as planned! I also finished my teacherly work, although it took a lot longer than it should have. Lol, vacation mode. Good job, brain.
+ I may have discovered something that could land me a research scholarship thing in Japan.
+ This semester ended with a bang and lovely family things.
+ Slept over at the Cheng Chua pad since Khursten is house sitting.
+ RP is starting to lose its flavor.
+ Fandom never gives me pretty things. :|
+ NaNoWriMo is coming up. I need to get my ass in gear and start warming up with ficcage. Undecided on what project to do, though.

And the long versions! )

The cat has greatly missed me, it seems, and it is also time for dinner.
...This could be a problem. orz I know what I need to do, though, for that last paper submission. Beyond that, I've got my last set of readings for my grad studies class, then a crap load of papers to check. Generally, I should be fine.

Regarding the Heavy Rain playthrough that I'm working with in my Literature 13 class: the kids chose the saw on the third trial.

Yeah, I don't even know. XD

Met up with [ profile] omnicrescence after an Extremely Long Time, and it was amazing. Also got to hang out with [ profile] khursten in her office before going home. [ profile] tasogareika trolling occurred over the internet.

TOMORROW WILL BE FUN TOO because Khursten, Yukeh, Mica and I will be traipsing over to Mahar's place to christen his new kitchenette. It'll be a nice way to top off my last week of formal classes, I think, before the final exam, paper and grade rush eats me.

Oh yeah: the article I presented in L.A. has been published in Volume 8, Issue 4 of the International Journal of Humanities.

Things are looking pretty good, if I do say so myself.
Our PLDT DSL line appears to have completely killed itself - it just died overnight a few days back, and hasn't come on again. I tried calling them up, and they said they'd get back to me and file a report.

They haven't gotten back to me, and I doubt that they ever filed anything.

Philippine Internet: Made of Fail.

Currently running on smartBRO - I've been meaning to get a prepaid dongle thing for myself for quite some time now, so I guess this is all right.

If there is one good thing, though, about not having a fast and stable connection that I can keep on for ages, it's that I can let my brain idle more. For one, I usually hit the PC right after I roll out of bed and check things/tag around THEN end up rushing to get ready to go. Now I wake up, roll around, eat a proper brunch and prepare my things at my leisure, since I get lazy at the thought of setting up my laptop just to connect.

Speaking of brain idling: I'm not sure if it's a sign of age or exhaustion. I was totally internetless on Friday night, which left me with so many options on what to do. I ended up doing nothing but flop around in bed. It was oddly nice. o_o

Maybe I should take that as a sign and start shaving away at the the things I think I need to do or think about but actually don't.

Last full month of the semester has arrived, and not too much has changed. Students are a little less annoying, although I'm still having some trouble with the usuals. I'll write a longer entry on them sometime soonish, or maybe tell whoever wants to hear about it.

I was supposed to review the entire set of Philippine Speculative Fiction novels for the POC Review, but the project ended up falling through.

...sob, all of my effort. I suppose I can use it for something else...

Grad studies class is picking up again, since we haven't been able to meet each other nearly as much as we're supposed to. Got a report on Paradise Lost, which isn't really coincidental - my professor knows that I used the epic poem for my undergrad thesis. I've brought home the book I used as my primary source, and will be rifling through my notecards before I read through the whole thing to see if there's anything that I can use.

On that note, I've been meaning to go over my undergrad thesis and see if I can revise it and make it conference-paper or journal-worthy. Might as well: it'd actually be a waste to let all of that research gather dust.

I occasionally get worried that I might be going too slow with my scholarly shenanigans.

Then I remember that I intend to do this my whole life anyway, along with whatever else I can manage to get done. Should stop belittling my own achievements too - that's always good for one's self-esteem.

Why society is so obsessed with people hitting "success" at a young age is beyond me. Sure, some of us don't have a choice, but let's admit it - most of us do, and just pretend that we don't. Seriously, guys: if you end up killing yourself in pursuit of your goals, there doesn't seem to be a point to it.

This weekend was pretty nice, since I got to watch some sophomore Asian History sections duke it out in Bel Field via Kibasen, and I got to roll around with [ profile] khursten even if she turned me into her slave labor at her office. Sunday was fun, too - went to the Esteban household for my cousin Jonat's birthday, and it's been a while since I've spoken to him and his siblings.

I now kind of want to invest in an iTouch or something like it, though. MUST RESIST AND SAVE UP FOR SPEAKERS/MONITOR/EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE/WINDOWS 7. ;A;

RP eats up a crap load of my time, yes, and is sometimes more stressful than it is worth. I've met a lot of people through it, though, and nothing beats being able to log with and plot with people who truly matter to me. Plus, I've got to admit it: I RP for the game, not for the company. Anything can be done if it means pushing the game forward.

Still, I should strike a balance between the roleplay and my writing. I haven't been writing all that much these days.

...Which might actually be less of a problem created by RP, and more because of RL. This year was even crazier than last year, now that I think about it. I'm often too tired or washed out to do anything with myself at the end of each day.

Interestingly enough, though, I have started on several short stories. I didn't used to do short stories, as some of you know. Let's just see how things turn out. o3o

Livejournal staff people have to stop breaking things that work just fine.

Note to self: check your flist more often.
Either I cut down my flist, or I start checking LJ more religiously. I don't know when it suddenly became hard to do that - I used to be such an internet whore. Now I only use it for plurk and RP. WHAT IS GOING ON. 8|

Anyway hi, I'm still alive, and a million and one apologies to all of you darlings. I have been remiss in keeping up with what's been going on, as of late. Please to be telling me if I have missed anything important?


Plurklings already know this, but I had a major table-flipping session of Ragequit lately. Things have been batshit down here, and the fact that one of the few things I had left to really enjoy was being dickish and stupid really didn't help. Gotten a lot of my work done now, though, so I'm feeling a lot better and a little more ready to return to the regular flow of things.

...As regular as things can get, anyway. Weekend was surreal, as one of my previous LJ entries might reveal, but I don't want to get into details here. Another time, perhaps.

On lighter news: THIS ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TOPPED UP WITH INFINITE ICON POWER, because 69 ♥s me muchly.

The paper I read during the L.A. conference has also been accepted for publication.

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( Jun. 13th, 2010 08:59 pm)

BIRTHDAY; ate dinner with ze family - introduced them to Nihonbashitei, where much money was spent but great food was eaten!

On the weekend, I invited [ profile] khursten, [ profile] yukitsu and [ profile] kye_kestrel over to my house for some quiet times! We rolled around a bit, and then I made the glorious mistake of introducing them to Heavy Rain.

Suffice to say, we did not really sleep.

OH YEAH I got lovely presents from like, everyone. Plurk was awesome that day too. ♥

SC LUNCH; ate with Yukeh, Lynffles, Nami and FM. Stalker pictures were taken for Celi (as requested, I believe), and good crepes were had!

No, I did not have motor oil stop calling me a machine, guys. >_>

DRIVING; Manila roads are, indeed, batshit.

Someday, I will get used to it.

SMOKING; I quit. 8D

SCHOOL; orientations, orientations, orientations, meeting new faculty people, grabbing my schedule. I've registered to a single class for my grad studies as well, although I was hoping to put in more units. We're terribly short on able professors, though, so lol, tutorial for me again.

Tried a different approach with my syllabus this time, namely doing a day-by-day breakdown, changing my reading list around and constructing modules that I've felt are necessary if I want to mint out the kind of students my university claims to have. Here's hoping everything goes well.

CONFERENCE; THIS IS CRAZY dg;lhsdghahdg BUT THINGS ARE BEING ARRANGED. I am not making much headway in hacking down my huge-ass paper to something short, beautiful and publication-worthy though.

Conference is on the 29th, so I'll be flying out by the 27th and in Los Angeles from then until July 3. Relatives are all raring to see me, and I am aiming to see some friends there as well.

RANDOM THINGS; I CLEANED MY ROOM. Sort of. I'm... still not done, actually.

I also keep telling myself that I have to finish my fic archive and never get around to doing it. Wrote some new things too, but I can't post them until I finish my archive because I am OCD that way.

I also kind of really want to fix my files and my icons because I sorta said I'd do those as well before summer ended...

Anyway uh, that's it.

'Sup, kids. Back from the beach~ got an entry on that coming soonish. IN THE MEANTIME:

Have a fanmix. [Soul Campaign LJ RP: Xanxus and Mukuro.] )

This one goes out to [ profile] metaphand. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY SWEET. ♥

S-sob, I missed out on giving so many people gifts. Hit me up if you want something and I wasn't able to deliver. ;;


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