Registration, by the way, was incredibly tedious. I won't say 'hell' because that would be exaggerating the entire exercise, but let's just say I left school that afternoon murderous. Interestingly enough, this is the first time I finished registering in one day since I started my master's degree. That's got to count for something, right?

Last weekend of 'freedom' was spent with friends on Saturday, and family on Sunday. Went to my older brother's new place: it's a townhouse that's a stone's throw away from Holy Spirit. It was abymssally hot and I was terribly sleepy, but few things beat the joy of chilling out with your parents, your brothers and your sisters-in-law with the kids running around, eating Ferrero Rocher and talking about nothing at all.

My cat's been my only real company at home during the day, and my younger brother swings by in the evening to do work. His laptop finally gave out on him, so he doesn't have much of a choice. Been falling asleep to the sound of him working these past few days. Going abroad appears to have fixed my sleeping schedule: I don't stay up at ungodly hours, and I tend to wake up with the dawn.

Just had my first of two classes - no formal lecture, of course, just some questions and a bit of small talk. Spent more of my time catching up with a colleague, who gave me some interesting news. I've missed her a lot, I realize, but I haven't been very good with people these days. She hasn't been either, though, and we said as much to each other. There's some camaraderie to be found in being disconnected, then connecting with people who decided to disconnect the way you did for a while.

Won't be on campus again until Saturday, if I have any say in it. Home's just too comfortable these days.

Been wrestling with a general feeling of uselessness. Sure, I'm free and yes, it's wonderful, but I don't have a job, and after three years of earning it's kind of hard to fall back on that. My friends all appear to be moving ahead too, which doesn't really help.

Such as it is. I'll get on my feet again eventually. In the meantime, I ought to enjoy my break because I doubt that I'll get another one after this is finished.

I'd normally let an issue like this resolve itself and not chip in my two cents unless prompted to, but this debate on the RH Bill is becoming ridiculous. The Ruling Powers down hear (read: the Philippine Catholic Church) have it in their heads that they're waging a war against heathen, and the flock MUST obey them if they are to save their souls.

We were made to pray "for the sanctity of the Church" and "the well-being of all families" against the RH bill during last Sunday's service. Suffice to say, I did not kneel, and I did not pray at all. I believe I was the only one.

Perhaps I will stand next time. I can't walk out - it'll break my parents' hearts, and they are the only reason why I continue to suffer through Mass - but I can resist in my own way.

For any of you bishops in the audience, this is how I live my faith. Fucking deal with it. And no, you can't excommunicate me. I'd sure as hell like to see you try.

For the interested: I chronicled my entire trip abroad. I've listed down the entries here in chronological order:

Vancouver, May 5
Vancouver, May 6
Vancouver, May 7
Vancouver, May 8
Vancouver, May 9-10
Toronto, May 11-13
Toronto and New York, May 14-19
New York and Washington D.C., May 20-22
Washington D.C., May 23-26
Washington D.C./New York again/Toronto again, May 26-31
Vancouver again and coming home, June 1-5

No pictures yet. I'll have to sit down a while and sift through them before I show anything off.

Now, for the mandatory fic dump.

► DEVIL SUMMONER. // From blossom to dusty blossom.
► SUIKODEN TIERKREIS. // Everybody knows I hate you except you.
► SUIKODEN TIEKRKREIS. // Tireless hunger in your eyes.
► METAL GEAR SOLID 4. // Take care of all our dreams.
► GINTAMA. // We outgrow love like other things.
► FULL METAL ALCHEMIST. // Don't trust a statistic you didn't fake yourself.

Got a lot of backlog, but my activities on LJ and my own need to catch up with downloads keeps me from posting them up in a timely fashion, or working on others.
That member of a woman's group put it so well.

Keep your rosaries out of our ovaries.
izkariote: (productivity.)


( Nov. 15th, 2009 09:16 pm)

30275 / 50000 words. 61% done!

Official report with excerpt is here. Click if you love Shamal and his DOM tendencies.

I had this long-ass, thought out entry on how this week has been, but since my internet connection died for most of the day, you're all going to have to settle for pseudo-bullet points and weird rambling! \o/

MONDAY: NEW SCHEDULE SORTA on the driver's (my little brother) end, since he's got earlier classes. Cue me bouncing around like a madwoman, bugging [ profile] khursten and other unfortunates until it was time to go back to my classes. Received the equivalent of a standing ovation from one class and hurrahs all around from the other two. Suchacute, freshmen. X3

Flailing over Poetry and English 12. That is all.

TUESDAY: I think this is where I started romping about, catching up on RP things and generating tags for me to occupy myself. I don't actually remember anymore. o_o

WEDNESDAY: TRUFAX LONGEST DAY saldkgh;kshdgh had a lunch meeting, did school things, did classes, flailed a lot, dragged feet over to an interesting faculty meeting, then zipped off to a reunion with my high school classmates.

A reunion's a reunion. Nuff said.

THURSDAY: ...More tagging. Also getting pissed off because the graduate studies class I fought for dissolved and everyone thought that it'd be a Smrt Idea to tell no one until the day itself. Am yet to find out if I'll end up having a class at all this semester.

If I don't, though, then I'll take it as a sign and maximize my break.

FRIDAY: FREEDOM. And tagging. Yes, there is a pattern. OH AND I HAVE A NEW KITTEN WHO IS WHITE AND STUPID AND SPUNKY and I have named him Gintoki.

Truly, I am Takasugi now. :D

SATURDAY: WE PLANNED ON WATCHING ASTRO BOY ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT IT'S NO LONGER SHOWING IN GLORIETTA OR GREENBELT. So me, [ profile] kye_kestrel and [ profile] khursten ended up dragging [ profile] yukitsu around lady stores because she made the mistake of mentioning that she needed a dress.

We have pictures. 8)


SUNDAY: Yeah, that'd be today. Posting much later than originally planned because wtaf, my connection went down for all of Saturday evening and most of today! I popped in briefly at Kourtyard to fap at do some logs with the usual suspects and make sure my karma doesn't hit rock bottom poke around with more of the same!

Been loading up on Poetry in my spare time, but I'm honestly, honestly lazy. Here's hoping I'll truly be in teacher mode soon. orz

EDIT: And before I could post this, the net died again. FML.

18442 / 50000 words. 37% done!

Solved the dilemma that I got myself into, but still too slow on the writing front for my tastes. It helps, though, not writing linearly!

I'll be posting my status reports over at [ profile] stitchedophelia for the interested. The first one is over here, with an excerpt featuring I-pin.

Pimping this meme entry again, because I like to TL;DR!

Anyway uh so what happened to me and why did I end up wasting so much time in ADMU over registration. Basically. they changed their policies when it comes to filing for tuition discounts, making it ten times more hassling than it used to be with extra signatures and photocopies and all... we weren't informed either (at least I wasn't, and I don't remember any announcement going up at the department), so I only found out about it after lining up several times over.

If that wasn't enough, there's the fact that after going through all the hassle, I was told that my class got "dissolved" - or more like, it's closed to outsiders, since it was meant to be a special tutorial for some of the other MA students in the department. It was just listed as an "official" class by accident.

So I go on campus the next day, and attempt to re-enlist for another class. Stupid AISIS doesn't allow me to. Twice over.

Yeah, it was a glorious fucking screw-up, I tell you.

I do firmly believe that the registrar over at my university should go through the process that they've made, just to see how inefficient and hassling it is firsthand. Maybe it'll kick them into coming up with something better.

On happier news, I got to go out with the Faura smoket group and celebrate [ profile] hamster_friend's birthday in their very excellent company. Trust in Ateneans to balance out stupid inuman shit with highfalutin personal philosophies and ghost stories.

(Note: must invite group to house. Parents get finnicky about people whom they have not met in person yet.)

My parents celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary the next day, which was nice and intimate. Anika was trufax adorable, and Mimi (Pio's first daughter, and my goddaughter! *A*) made a guest appearance!

Was tired as heck by the time I got home (haven't slept all that early since Singapore), but ended up staying around until 2 AM, bugging [ profile] khursten and writing with my Dying Will. Just stopped writing to make this entry.

School's starting up again tomorrow. I feel a little more prepared to teach the subjects they've assigned me to teach this semester: now it's just a matter of preparing my syllabi and leaping into the water.
Read this thing.

It's very important.


According to Blog Ni Ella, these goods have not been distributed to the typhoon survivors. WHY?

Ella wrote on her (now blocked) blog: (her blog was and it is now blocked)

Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo? (A special report from a volunteer)

Oct 21st, 2009 by ella

Dear friends,

I’m asking your help to spread the word. Tulungan po ninyo akong ikalat ito. Beyond this, we should also demand action. I disabled a plugin so you can copy the photos of relief goods rotting in DSWD warehouses. You can link this post to your blogs, facebook, websites etc. You can also email the photos.

Philippine News (US based Philippine newspaper) will use this as its front page story this week. Every Filipino has the right to know where the tons of donations from the UN and other counties go. Kahit po nakakahiya sa mga nag-donate. Kung sa ganitong paraan, matutulungan natin ang mga nasalanta, then by all means, let’s do it.

For those who have the time, please try to volunteer sa DSWD warehouses. Getting in was not easy. A friend had to put in a word for us. Let’s see kung madali nang makapasok sa DSWD warehouse ang mga volunteers.

Please read on and good luck to us.


(This post was last edited Oct 22, 12:30 pm)

Kahapon, tinanong ng Philippine News si DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral:

Editor of Philippine News: Why are the relief goods in DSWD warehouses not moving?

DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral: Wala kasing volunteers.

This short interview was done over the phone. Philippine News wanted to hear her side pero ayaw niyang makipag-usap sa press. After four tries, pinasabi na lang niya ang maikling sagot na ito sa secretary niya - “Walang volunteers”.

I don’t want to accuse her of corruption but at the very least she is showing signs of being totally incompetent. We are in a state of calamity where every second counts. May namamatay araw-araw dahil sa sakit.

In my opinion, these deaths could have been prevented if Secretary Cabral had tried a little harder to do her job.

Long story short:

Some asshole thinks it's a smart idea to hoard all the stuff people GAVE for people IN NEED, and they're trying to pin the blame on US.

I've a full screencap of the original blog, with pictures and evidence. Check the cut.


Information's lifted from this blog, at least until it's blocked or something. Read it.

Here's looking at you, Philippine government.

Block me, and mark my words:

If this is true, then there will be many, MANY others posting this in my stead.
izkariote: (such so gay.)
( May. 25th, 2009 06:41 pm)
Not so long ago, my younger brother and I had an interesting conversation.

See, I was telling him about a friend of mine who's been going through some rough times due to a break-up with her boyfriend. Apparently, the guy's been whining and backtalking and generally ruining her to some of their common contacts and, I think, to complete strangers as well.

I asked my brother whether this is something that all guys do. He told me that apparently, at least in his age group, only gamer boyfriends do it. To quote, in his terms:

"I dunno why, but they're the only ones insecure enough to do it. Guys who aren't geeks will gripe and get angry but they're confident enough in themselves to not blame someone else."

Interesting, too, because I thought about it, and hey, the pattern fits.

Just so you know, asshole, yes, I'm talking about you.

Can you get any more gay?

I was almost inclined to like you. I thought that maybe, you could grow up and change.

Sucks to find out that I guess you weren't capable of it.

I make it a habit not to step in like this for friends because I respect them unlike you, but this was the last straw.
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 [ profile] yukitsu, [ profile] ficcentricity, [ profile] 77ws, [ profile] khursten and [ 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, [ 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 [ 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.
NaNoWriMo Official Status Report Number Two

12561 / 50000 words. 25% done!

So I dragged myself out of bed pretty damned early (because anything before 9 AM is early for me now) on the pretense of getting my grades in school, which didn't actually happen. ADMU's wonderful Regcom neglected to fix the dates for grad student shenanigans. THEIR COMPETENCE IS SOMETIMES A LIE.

Thankfully, though, faculty privileges include being able to view any student's grades through the AISIS system, including one's own. Thanks to [ profile] pyrosinferno for teaching me that trick! ♥ To make a long story short, I got an A- on both the classes I took up... not bad, given the fact that I was teaching at the same time that I was taking those classes. I DID harbor this ridiculous hope of acing those subjects though, but... well. A- is the second highest grade. That just means that I'm capable of doing it with a little more push, perhaps.

On that note, I can finally post the academic paper that I wracked my brain over last semester. I am, however, creating a special filter where I will be posting that and any academic papers that I write in the future.

If you are interested in this filter, please comment here, and specify the LJ username that you want me to add up to it if you're not going for the account that you used to comment.

People who answered on Plurk don't have to comment again. Much love, guys. ♥

There's a teaching workshop tomorrow, but I'm probably going to skip it. I must take advantage of whatever I've got left of a vacation, you know.


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