Missed out on updating this for a while again, since we got pretty busy. I'm currently typing all of this out from my brother's apartment: it's our last day in Toronto before the last Vancouver run, and my folks have gone off to do some last minute shopping things. Peter and I are done packing, so we're chilling out and waiting for them.

May 26

This was our last day in Washington do to whatever we could, so after sleeping in and eating brunch at our leisure, my family elected to hit the Mall again to cover the Museum of American History. That place had some of the coolest exhibits I've ever seen, and one incredibly impressive exhibit on America's involvement in the different major wars along with some of their own on the home front. Military history and the like are among my favorite topics of interest, so you can only guess how much time I spent bouncing around in there, gawking at everything.

(Have I mentioned, on a related note, that we caught field trip season while we were in Washington, so we've been constantly swarmed by crowds of irritating children? I sometimes wonder if I've ever been so unappreciative of heritage and culture at those ages.

Shut up, I'm an old woman.)

We spent most of our morning and afternoon there, and then we split up to check out places we were interested in. Mom hit the art galleries; dad, Peter and I wanted to take a look at the Museum of the American Indian. Everything about that place was amazing, and my only regret is that we really, REALLY didn't get to see a lot of it before closing time. I was hoping to pick up a good book on Native American beliefs - something like a general reference on systems of religion, worship and philosophy - but there doesn't seem to be one in existence. That saddened me greatly, because the one exhibit we really got to go through tackled that topic, and was so fascinating. ;;

My feet were smarting from the collective pain of constantly walking since Toronto by that period. I think I spent most of the remainder of our last day in bed.

May 27

We got kicked out of the hotel by 12 because of check out times, and since our flight had been pushed back into the evening, we were left to stroll a bit around town and lounge in the lobby until it was time for us to head off. That was the start of all the shit, I believe.

Because of horrendous weather conditions and lots of air traffic, our flight was pushed back at least seven times, which resulted in my family and everyone else waiting for flights coming from New York waiting in the departure area for over four hours. The long delay made us miss our connecting flight to Buffalo (and, subsequently, an extra afternoon and evening with my brother Philip in Niagara on his birthday), so after riding a plane that smelled of piss (no joke; I don't want to think about whatever went in there before we came around), we were forced to putter around for a hotel at 2 in the morning upon our arrival to spend an extra night in NYC. We nailed one, but they dinged my parents for a crapload of money that didn't quite add up to the services and room quality of the place we were stuck with. It was one of those hotels that used to be really classy but is now falling apart all over the place.

At least the shuttle driver who took us over to our hotel was really cool.

In retrospect, the situation really wasn't so bad because I had my family with me. I think I would have been a lot angrier (and maybe a little insecure) if I had been traveling alone. The last delay I had to go through was back in LA, when I flew off for a conference. That wasn't very fun. :\

May 28

Our flight to Buffalo was, thankfully, NOT delayed, and we managed to get our suitcases upon landing without a fuss (they had been checked in the day before and had gotten to the airport way ahead of us). Philip was there to pick us up, along with Russell, one of my white brothers. The road trip going to Niagara was fun. XD

Russell accompanied Peter and I on the Maid of the Mist tour, which was so damned awesome... the last time I had been to see the Falls, I had been very young, so encountering them again at an age where I could truly appreciate their beauty and power was something else entirely. After that, we all spent a night out on the town, checking the place out. They really built a tourist town on the Canadian end! It made me miss the company of my friends back home.

The only solution, it seems, is to come back there with them someday.

May 30

Did some last minute touring of Niagara (Russell, Peter and I hit the Journey Behind the Falls this time and got thoroughly soaked) then went for a pit stop at Niagara-at-the-Lake (lovely little town; got to eat Canada's best ice cream, or so the sign said) before heading home. Didn't get to see Geoff since we arrived pretty late, which kind of sucked. Blame it on all of those damned delays...

Attended Mass with Phil and his family in the evening, then spent the rest of the time settling down and bonding. The little bro and I were dragged out early the very next day to go around the Greater Ontario area, checking out some of the universities that my folks are aiming to send my brother to. I went, of course, because these are the places I will have to seriously consider myself, since we might be moving.

Phil, Peter and I picked Liza and Liana up as soon as we were home so that we could catch Kung Fu Panda 2, which was pretty damned good for a sequel. After that, we picked up ginormous sandwiches for dinner, and the bros and I talked on things - family, growing up, moving out - while waiting for my parents to get home.

This trip, it seems, has been all about thinking back, looking forward and wondering where the hell I am now, in more ways than one. I am occasionally surprised at realizing how I really feel about things, and I'm also becoming increasingly aware of the fact that there's only so much time to do everything I need to do, and all of the other things that I simply want to do.

Interesting, really, this process of getting older.

On other news, I'm on my second (and heaviest) day of my period. I will be in transit. Fun.
Didn't sleep at all on the plane. We took Cathay Pacific on both round (to Hong Kong, then to Vancouver), and that pretty much made me feel the difference between a world-class sort of airline and... well, Philippine Airlines. Sat with my bro and this quiet girl who was traveling alone. Best things about the plane: in-flight entertainment system and the novelty of having a plug for one's laptop which I didn't use because lololol movies. Fliks watched: A Beautiful Mind, I Am Number Four, Dead Poets Society and Tron: Legacy.

The (incredibly large and shiny) airport felt vaguely familiar to me, and at first, I thought that maybe I was just trying to find something familiar in it, given the fact that I used to live in Vancouver. Then I saw that huge-ass wood carving right before you hit Immigration, and I remembered the first time I went to Vancouver airport en-route to the Philippines. Ah, I told myself. There you go.

Our old maid - one of the two that came with my family when we first migrated, and ended up making lives for themselves abroad - picked us up from the airport: she was really, REALLY happy to see us. It had been around five years since she had seen our parents, and over a decade since she'd seen my little bro and I. Peter was all "o_o" at how different everything was, and my parents and I spent the entire trip just staring at our old hometown, taking in how everything was both familiar and strange. I totally recognized the entire route across Lion's Gate Suspension Bridge all the way to North Shore, though: it was the way my dad always took us when we wanted to go into the city, and the streets my mom and I drove on our daily Pick The Entire Family Up Routine on weekdays.

That was around the time that it really hit me, in spite of the fact that I wasn't entirely awake and kind of really floating. I was in a place I used to call home. I could recognize all the bends and twists and turns and sounds.

We're currently staying at this family lodge called Travel Lodge, close to Lion's Gate Suspension Bridge - we're all in one room together, and our old maid left us with Supplies and Food. The only thing I've done so far is sleep - folks went out for a bit, as did my little bro. Dad's asleep right now, mom is talking on the hotel phone with a very old friend, and my bro's beside me, leaning on my shoulder. We'll probably go out tomorrow and visit all the old haunts.
Had an absolutely lovely weekend. Friday was devoted to our first play test of a homebrew Persona system for World of Darkness. Mahar was the ST, and I got to play with [livejournal.com profile] khursten, [livejournal.com profile] gzep, [livejournal.com profile] psychoshoujo, Mia's lovely little sister and a guy named Meyer.

Suffice to say, it made me totally miss tabletop and even wonder why I bothered with so much wank and shit from sticking with LJ RPs the way I did. I return from the experience enlightened, I think, and more than ready to run my own campaigns again. Or play in others.

Don't get me wrong; it's actually impossible to compare LJ RP with table top since the dynamics are very different. Still: nothing beats gaming with friends whom you know and love, and wielding an original character whom you have full authority over. Someone who you can mold. Someone who is still ultimately separate from you, and will grow in ways that are bound to surprise you.


Anyway, Saturday was the usual date with [livejournal.com profile] yukitsu, [livejournal.com profile] khursten and [livejournal.com profile] kye_kestrel - we watched Sherlock Holmes AND OMG JUDE LAW = WATSON IS THE BEST THING SINCE INSTANT NOODLES.

Felt sick by yesterday though, although it cleared up some by evening...

...Only to come back today, which leaves me cooped up at home, sniffling like the shit. The good thing is, I won't miss TOO much since my English 12 classes are on track. Now I just need to worry about my Literature 14 class, since their midterms are coming.

But first: tags, archive and icons. Oh, and naps.

Naps are good. orz
This week has been absolutely lovely so far, with all these meets with friends~ it's just too bad that I wasn't able to go out with [livejournal.com profile] mlina. That would have made it even lovelier. :<

Also: Red Cliff was absolute win. HORSE PUNCHING, GET.

It's been a nice and quiet day at home for me, just like yesterday. Beautician came over to do my nails and some waxing (yeah, I'm preparing for Singapore, bite me), and I got to roll around and poke people that I don't often get to poke on IM ([livejournal.com profile] signifies, I'm looking at you). I also got to enable a lot of people to do a lot of shiny things, so that is always cool! Am also still on my jazz trip, since I'm working my way through the huge set of songs that [livejournal.com profile] khursten gave me. Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald are pure ♥, always and ever.

...Speaking of music. Let me tell you, flist, that the section of my external HD that I devote to my music finally ran out of space yesterday. Cue me madly scrambling around to distribute files to the laptop and less congested drives on my main PC.

This must be a sign. Guess I'm bringing home a new external HD and possibly a DS from my trip next week.

Since I literally tore myself away from playing more Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, have a fic dump:

+ Tempting me into the garden; KHR!, 8018, for [livejournal.com profile] questofdreams
+ I'll tap into your strength; Suikoden Tierkreis, Jale & Sieg, for [livejournal.com profile] mienaihoshi
+ The aftertaste is gonna break your heart; [livejournal.com profile] theskytides, Roy & Rou, for [livejournal.com profile] tasogareika
+ Another grey day in the deep blue world; Persona 3, Shinji & Aki, for [livejournal.com profile] tasogareika
+ Above the thunder; Air Gear, Rika, for [livejournal.com profile] annotate
+ Bring me lasting light; Gintama, Gintoki, for [livejournal.com profile] khursten
+ In between the moon and you; Bleach meets Devil Summoner, Byakuya & Raidou + Ichigo, for [livejournal.com profile] kitsune_jade
+ Hell's bells
Splintering the night; FF7 meets FFT, Ramza & Cloud + Sephiroth, for [livejournal.com profile] kitsune_jade

And my belated birthday set for [livejournal.com profile] starkissed:

+ Necromancy; [livejournal.com profile] soul_campaign, Mukuro & Sakura
+ A playfully dangerous stranger; XXXHOLiC, Doumeki & Watanuki
+ How fire took water to wife; XXXHOLiC, Clow & Yuuko
+ Our time is running out; X, Sorata & Arashi
+ Hide-and-seek among the tea flowers; Yuuto & Karen
+ Rose, oh pure contradiction; KHR!, Hibari & Kyoko + Kusakabe
+ Private star systems; KHR!, Hibari & Kyoko
+ The heart of your gesture; Hibari & Kyoko

Pimped some of these on comms already, so you've prolly seen a few of them. Or you've already seen all of them, if you're following my fic journal. o_o
izkariote: (grumpy.)
( May. 17th, 2009 01:42 pm)
As a lot of my plurk buddies and closest friends will know, my connection has been pretty shittastic lately. I whine about it constantly - I'm painfully aware of this. Still, as anyone who pays for a service and realizes that they're pretty much getting gipped in return would know, it IS pretty aggravating, having an internet connection that tosses you around like a bucking bronco on a good day and just stays completely dead on a bad one.

Dealt with it pretty well due to RP duties and good company, but I think that trudging up and down the steps to constantly reset the modem eventually wore my patience down to a nub before I could realize it. And to top it all off, Friday was a huge waste of time. )

Thankfully, though, Saturday was wonderful. Took a road trip down to Pampanga with [livejournal.com profile] yukitsu, [livejournal.com profile] ficcentricity, [livejournal.com profile] 77ws, [livejournal.com profile] khursten and [livejournal.com profile] kye_kestrel - they've actually done the trip before, but this is the first time that I was able to go with them.

Fun times in the car, kick ass food at the destination, and Kat's amazing zombie ass-kicking rabbit. Then there was an Italian dinner at Trinoma, [livejournal.com profile] lonelybusiness and Star Trek to boot.

Need I say more? ♥

Currently chilling out before I go back to watching things online. I've managed to set up DW archives for this journal and stitchedophelia along with a brand new fic/creative archive using the invite codes I've recently received - you can friend them, if you want, but I doubt that they'll be very interesting to you for a good, long time yet.

On other news, I should seriously start up my Wordpress blog, huh? I built it, like, months ago, but I'm supremely lazy.


Because my connection was so sucky, I finished my entry for [livejournal.com profile] khrminibang in one sitting a few days back. orz Seriously, as I said on Plurk, productivity is the bastard child of restlessness and a sucky internet connection.
Saturday started off on a completely FAIL! note - I was supposed to wake up by 8 so that I could get out by 9 and meet up with [livejournal.com profile] yukitsu early for our girly session. Ended up waking up at 10:40, running around like a headless chicken and getting to Greenhills sometime before 12. orz


[livejournal.com profile] botling, I have no pictures. Imma sorry? 8D?

Anyway, uh, after the haircut thing, we headed off to Glorietta and rolled around, plotting [livejournal.com profile] theskytides things until the rest of the gang ([livejournal.com profile] khursten, [livejournal.com profile] kye_kestrel, [livejournal.com profile] 77ws, [livejournal.com profile] lonelybusiness and [livejournal.com profile] ficcentricity) showed up. We ate a late lunch/somewhat dinner at Super Bowl before Monsters vs. Aliens, which was so full of stupid fun I think we all killed ourselves a little after it was finished.

I wanted to head off after that to [livejournal.com profile] laurgasm's birthday party to hook up with the old crowd, but I was pretty wiped out and my parents wanted me early for graduation things. SORRY, GIRLS! ;A; Let's meet up next time, okay?

Slept early as requested, which was A VERY GOOD THING because the graduation mass for my brother's batch was at fucking 7:30 AM (the homily was really nice, though, and the choir was kickass). We all headed home together (Peter wasn't interested in the batch breakfast) and lollygagged at the meal table with Italian bread, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Great food is great. ;3;

Peter and I spent the rest of the afternoon marathoning Supernatural eps 14-16 (WRY DEAN WRY--) before parents hussled us out for the actual graduation ceremony, which was hellafuckinglong and pretty hard to cope with since the gym's not airconditioned and there were over 2,000 people in there. I shouldn't complain too much, though, since I was enjoying my book (McMafia, on globalization and the criminal world) and had a crapload of good ideas for ROI. I think I know how to situate the Vongola Family in an actual "real" framework now. o_o

Grad dinner was done over at Eastwood with the rest of the family + Peter's girlfriend. We got home at a decent time and I really, really intended to go to sleep except I didn't. orz I BLAME THIS ON YOU, [livejournal.com profile] theprerogative! B|

I'm chilling out at home in spite of the heat and the sucky connection because I need to archive my files (MY HARD DRIVE RAN OUT OF SPACE, WTF, THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE UNPOSSIBLE). The sooner I archive, the sooner I can get to slicing and dicing at my backlog with a katana. Or something like that.

Since watching stuff is impossible, I'll prolly tag the people I owe tags to, read some manga, icon whore a bit more and maybe write some when it's not so hot. Might be in the office tomorrow for some more downloading, especially since I plan on going out anyway - I just submitted the final grades for my kids, so I'll have to swing by ADMU and pick up my paycheck.

Mom and Dad are really nice, though - they've given me a bit of money to tide me over for summer. I'll try and make it last for as long as possible, so that I don't withdraw anything else. I don't get paid if I'm not teaching, see. B|

Am contemplating finishing Return on Investment, Bloodsport, my [livejournal.com profile] khrminibang project and the full timeline (plus other things) for Endtimes this summer. I don't want to say that I will or make any guarantees because I need to chillax as much as possible, but the intention is there.

That leads me to the somewhat real purpose of this entry: who else is interested in the full timeline? I mentioned it in my last entry. I'm making a filter, so it's kinda important that I know so that I don't end up polluting your flists with my spazz. XD

--Which reminds me. I should start fixing my blog over on Wordpess and maybe toss in all my academic papers in the academic filter I have down here.
izkariote: (fangirl mode on.)
( Mar. 6th, 2009 07:36 pm)
The household apparently forgot that I still have class early in the morning for most of the month - they assumed that since my younger brother's finished (he's a graduating high school senior), I would be free too. It's a good thing Dad was up; he drove me to school instead.

It was really nice, to be honest... it's been a long time since he and I have gone alone in the car like we did earlier. He used to make it a habit, driving me to school back when I was still in Poveda. Might be part of the reason why I survived the hormonal shark's pit that a private Catholic all-girls' school is - talking with him. ♥

Anyway, the day was pretty normal up until after my second class, when Anjo texted me, asking where I was and if I wanted to watch The Watchmen with him.

My answer?








There are no words.

Movies like this? They give you that level of Inspired and Awesome that saturates you so much that you want to write or channel it somewhere but fuck. Fuck. There are no words.

Currently reconnecting with my notes and old works for Endtimes. Looks like I've got something to do over the summer, beyond RP and Return on Investment.

Speaking of summer: still haven't decided on whether I want to take summer class or not. We'll see. I kinda want a real break.

And fuck.


Watch it.

Oh and hope that you catch the trailer for Transformers BECAUSE FUCK THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL TOO-- *brainsplode*
izkariote: (zen.)
( Jul. 6th, 2008 03:51 pm)
I haven't been posting much of anything here lately. I doubt that it's just because I've been busy with school.

.... *stares at Plurk*



Right. Anyway, an eventful weekend was eventful! Friday was a pretty "light" day for me (Library Orientations for both my En11 classes + a short and sweet lecture for my Lit 13 class), so I still had some energy left over to handle Kritika Kultura's late afternoon meeting. I now have a better idea of exactly what I signed up for, and I'm not sure whether I'm going to like it, but I do know that it'll be good for me in the long run. :<

Friday evening traffic totally fucked my mood over and sapped up my energy, but it was lovely seeing [livejournal.com profile] yukitsu, [livejournal.com profile] kye_kestrel, [livejournal.com profile] khursten and Sarah! We ate dinner and spazzed on random stuff before Sarah, Khursten, Yukeh and I went off to watch Wanted. Lynffles didn't join us because she had already watched it and she wanted to go home in order to put in more Plurking tiem.

There are no words to describe that movie's awesomeness. o_o

Got home real late and Plurked a bit more (SEE HOW IT IS TAKING OVER MY LIFE?), but that's okay because my Lit 251 class was going to be a free cut anyway. Slept in, Plurked even more, then zipped off to ADMU to attend my second class. All the readings I'm taking up are giving me a much wider vision of what graduate studies are like and what just how expansive the literary world really is. It's some kind of majorly cool.

Met up with Yukeh after class, and we headed over to Gateway to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] innocentlyjaded, [livejournal.com profile] lonelybusiness, [livejournal.com profile] dreamlesssness (YES, FINALLY!), and... *drumroll* [livejournal.com profile] team7, who was totally eaten up by her job and stuff and IT'S JUST AMAZING TO SEE HER AGAIN, Y'KNOW? Read or Die things were discussed, game plans were drawn up, and spazzing was accomplished. Dinner was great -- I just wish I could've enjoyed it more. Heat + not really eating decently the whole day took its toll on me, so I kinda sicked up sometime before I had to head home. Sorry about that, guys. ~_~

Will be going to Mass in a bit. I'm willing to waste most of this day away because there won't be classes for us profs tomorrow -- it's ACP day, so all the college kids have some required thing or another to attend to make them Jesuits happy. I'm supposed to join Kristel and Yukeh for RoD business, but I'm not sure whether I can charter a ride.

I haven't posted music in a while, so here's a new mix to celebrate my first LJ post in nearly a week.

Techno meets Science Fiction: The Mix that Every Veritech Pilot Needs in His Bird. )

Links to previous mixes:
Love Songs Mix: The Last Love Songs on Earth (Set One) || Set Two [MASSIVE DUMP]
Special Mix: Sadface Songs - The Polite Version (Set One) || Set Two || Set Three
Battle Songs Mix: State of Emergency (Set One). || Set Two

Btw, if you guys want me to start posting just the music without blurbs or if you're okay with me posting 2-3 mixes at once, let me know.

I will devote another post to my epiphany on Hibari Kyouya of KATEKYO HITMAN REBORN! fame. >_>;


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