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 [livejournal.com profile] khursten was with me and we stayed with [livejournal.com 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.

IN CASE YOU DON'T WANNA CHASE TEAL DEERS:
+ 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.
+ SENGOKU BASARA 3, CAN HAS.
+ 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.
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Quick real life updates and good news: school is nearly out, and since ADMU seized the UAAP cup for the third time, I've a surprise long weekend.

Lit 13 pups are enjoying Heavy Rain immensely, now that they've gotten a hang of the controls. We've got people peeking in from the other classes too, marveling at the fact that there's a class full of lucky bastards who get to idle out their last two weeks of lessons on a PS3 game.

Managed to get accepted to a conference that'll take place in Singapore in December. [livejournal.com profile] khursten will be with me, and we are both very excited at the prospect of molesting [livejournal.com profile] tasogareika lollygagging in good company.

Birth By Sleep should be eating up my spare time, cept my copy is fucked up. Cables for my PS3 have been eaten by my house too, so I'll have to go to Greenhills very soon and solve BOTH those problems, from the looks of it.

One more paper to write, then papers to check, then we're free to roll right down to the fun stuff.
izkariote: (boobs.)
( Sep. 28th, 2010 12:41 am)
So I tell myself that I'm going to, y'know, actually update this properly and get back to real blogging and stuff.

Then I get my PSP back and open P3P.

ANYWAY QUICK ONES:

School will be out in two weeks. Freedom is in sight.

Gouto is fatter and cuter now.

My Lit 13 kids have started Heavy Rain - they failed to brush their teeth.

Busier than ever in [livejournal.com profile] soul_campaign, because Mustang.

New seasons for a lot of my usual shows have started up, but I'm so behind in marathoning things, it ain't funny.

Seriously considering a formal hiatus from all RP-related activities to, y'know, actually write.


A FRIENDS CUT IS IN ORDER HERE, I THINK. I just scrolled through 440 entries, man. +_+ In the meantime:

amnesty;


Just in case you think it's time to let go, or don't even remember why you friended me in the first place. No hard feelings, guaranteed. Oh, and if I've cut you, I hope you understand, as well.
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 [livejournal.com 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.
izkariote: (ded.)
( Aug. 31st, 2010 01:15 am)
Update more.

Use LJ and the internet for things other than RP, plurk, student shit, grad studies shit, downloads and poking people.

Update more.

Do a srs friends cut and zone in on what really matters. TIME, IT IS A HARD THING TO COME BY.

Grit your teeth and stick by the game plan. You can take a break next year. You can leave the brats behind for a bit. ALL WILL BE WELL.

Your new motto is kebs na lang. Live it, love it, breathe it.

Write more. Yes.

Use this journal. And make coherent posts. ...And try not to update at ungodly hours.

Update more.




On other news: my students make me want to go HULK SMAAAAASH, the article I've got pending for publication has just been typeset, and in spite of all the school shit and the bustle of everything and the stress, things between me and some of the people who truly matter to me are a-okay.

I do solemnly swear that I'll have better entries than this in the future.
izkariote: (productivity.)
( Jun. 13th, 2010 08:59 pm)
BECAUSE THINGS HAVE BEEN BATSHIT HERE ;lskdah;ghadg--


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 [livejournal.com profile] khursten, [livejournal.com profile] yukitsu and [livejournal.com 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.

MORE PICTURES COMING SOON. ISH.
So uuuuh summer class is over.

I think it made me a better teacher, but overall? I kind of don't want to do it again. ;;

I CAN ALSO OFFICIALLY DRIVE although I am yet to go on the road!




AS A LOVING GIFT TO ALL OF YOU:

Picspam. [Answers a photo meme from WAY BACK and then some.] )


I'll upload the rest of the stuff on my phone tomorrow. owo

Now that we're nearing the halfway point of 2010, I have but one thing to say:

It's been interesting.
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