Spent most of the later half of Sunday afternoon with my siblings and cousins. Our cousin Alfonso is part of La Salle Greenhills’ Airfoce dance crew and they were vying for a position in the finals round of the Skechers Streetdance Battle.
LSGH Airforce took home the championship last year, a feat I was able to witness. I don’t think I was as proud as my uncle and aunt of my cousin’s achievement, but I that was one proud cousin moment right there.
The second round of this year’s eliminations was held as SM San Lazaro. Why there, I have no idea, but a lot of the contestants were not happy with the location choice (it was too far for most of them and it wasn’t big enough to accommodate both participants and those who wanted to watch), but they made do. We waited almost three hours before the program started, and waited another hour or so before LSGH took the stage.
There were seventeen high schools in this round, among of which were past finalists and strong contenders including Ateneo de Manila High School, Xavier, Miriam College and St. Paul Manila. They, along with LSGH, made it to the top five. It was a tense moment for us as we waited for the announcement of the five finalists, who’ll join the other five finalists previously determined in round one.
The Skechers Streetdance Battle will be held this November 23 at the SM MoA Arena. Go LSGH Airforce!
I deliberately skipped the Manila International Book Fair for the main reason that my finances will not support the foray into book heaven (or hell, whichever you prefer). Aklatan proved to be friendly to the wallet, as I concentrated on getting only two books and the ebook bundle, but I feared that MIBF was fiercer.
I ended up going there yesterday before lunch just so I could make the cut-off for the Harry Potter raffle. I was an hour late meeting my friend Ching (and I got reprimanded for it), and it was raining like hell. Not to mention that the MoA area was crowded: probably thousands of people were there for different events: MIBF, Best of Anime, the UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the SM 3-Day Sale… chaos.
Luckily, the line for tickets were short. I used my student discount, and once I was in, I made a beeline for the National Bookstore section. With the crowd, I was waffling on getting a copy of the new Harry Potters, but at the last minute I did, and I got a raffle ticket. Ching got one as well, and she also got a poster (which she later gave to me! Weee!). There were a lot of collectibles and Harry Potter memorabilia too, though I wasn’t really able to see them *sad face*
Times like these I wish I stayed more active in the HP community.
Potterheads surround the booth
After five years, my laptop went in for repairs. I had separation anxiety the day I left it at the shop, but I thought it was for the best. My laptop and I have never really been apart since I got it. It’s integral to what I do for a living, and it’s also a way for me to keep in touch with people. Not that I’m super attached to my laptop that I’ll die without it, and it’s not like I’ve been without it for a couple of days, but there is a need for it in order for me to make a living.
I left Manila for a four-day vacation in Palawan, and I survived nicely without it. When I got back, I fired it up so I could upload the photos that I took. Surprise, I couldn’t log in. After assuring me that nobody used it, I finally figured out that it was a keyboard problem.
Initially, I didn’t mind using the virtual keyboard to write status messages and other simple stuff. But as a writer, I needed a full keyboard. I called up the shop that my uncle goes to for an estimate. The cost was pretty ok, but it did take a chunk out of my savings. Still, it’s a cycle. I need to make money but in order to do that I have to spend money to get the instrument I need to make money fixed (awful sentence, I know).
I have my laptop back, and it’s got a brand new topcase. It’s as clean and as bright as it was when I first got it, and it makes me ashamed to see the other parts of the laptop so dark and dreary. I need to clean that up. But it’s nice to have a full keyboard back, and I can go on writing.
Two things I did last weekend, in between classes and work and spending time with my family for Father’s Day: go to ToyCon and Fete de la Musique.
This yearly event (held more than once a year, if you count the summer and Christmas events) is a standing date between me and a few friends. It started off with me and Drew during our Sykes days, then eventually expanded to our online friends who became real life friends. My usual group is Drew, Yue and her sister, and Ryan (Mr. No Pictures Please) but for this event, Ry was absent.
Day 1 of ToyCon is usually the best time to attend, if you’re aiming for buying merchandise. You avoid the crowds who are there for the cosplay and fan events, and there’s a high chance that you get some great discounts from the vendors, particularly if you buy in bulk AND if you ask nicely.
I arrived with the mindset that I will get some Doctor Who stuff, and I was successful. I was also able to chat a bit with some Whovians, which is a first because most of the time I only get to discuss the show over on Plurk or when I’m with Joiz. It was nice to know that while it’s a much smaller community than say, GoT, it’s still pretty solid.
I got two shirts and a Yotsuba key charm. I also picked up my new Danboard, one which was ordered and paid for a while back. Drew also bought a Pepsi Danboard. I wanted to get a Threadless t-shirt, but my budget was already blown. No other Doctor Who toys, either, as the Sonic Screwdriver was sold out and also beyond my budget.
Fete de la Musique
Shabby invited us to this event, as she was one of the people who worked on this. I arrived late because I spent time with my family (I cannot resist not seeing my niece!), so I missed talking to the guys of Naïve New Beaters. I got to finish their set though, and it was fun.
We headed out to Café Curieux for the reggae bands. Surprised to find that it was more of a blues band playing, so we waited to see if maybe the band after would be the reggae ones, but no dice. Still, I enjoyed the band, and it seems like the crowd did too.
After about an hour or so, hunger pangs set in so we went back to the main stage. We walked through the back streets and traversed the red light district, which had us encountering a lot of colorful and kooky characters.
Shabby and I checked out Live where the reggae set actually was and caught Tropical Depression just starting. Saw some familiar faces in the crowd, but after a few minutes of wooziness and hunger, I really had to go.
By the time we got back to the main stage, Up Dharma Down was already performing. Brigada followed, then Barbie Almalbis (Kitchie Nadal sang with her in one song).
I thought the trip home was going to be an ordeal but thankfully, I got a cab driver who was willing to go from Makati to Marikina.
Pictures to follow.
Unwittingly ate mostly Japanese food and Max’s over the weekend. Had a blast, even though my wallet’s pretty much empty for now.
Just the Girls
Friday night I met up with Shabby and Joiz for an event with Max’s. usually we get invites if they have a new product or promo, but to our surprise it was just a simple get-together (because some folks apparently were clamoring for one. I guess they missed the freebies? /sarcasm). As it is when I’m with these girls we got a few minutes of attention when we arrived an hour late and they had to set a special table for us. Then next they called me and Jo up on front because we had our birthdays a few weeks ago. We got cake!
Saturday I met with Shabby and Drew and may sister joined us. We were heading out to watch Iron Man and to shop. The lines for Iron Man was crazy, but thanks to Shabby we got to use the express lane. Unfortunately, the cinemas were all but filled, and the ones with seats only had them in separate rows. We ended up getting them anyway, and Drew had to back out because he’d already seen it and there were only three seats left for the screening we wanted. Boo.
Photo by Shabby
That aside, we went ahead for a late lunch at Yomenya Goemon. My sister and I shared an order of Half and Half, and everyone split the cost on an order of Devil’s Pizza. Food was filling and flavorful, though it was sad that they no longer had the complimentary house tea like they had the last time we were there.
On with our shopping. First stop was Cotton On. Shabby wanted to find white tops for work, while my sister wanted to get a dress she can wear on her oathtaking ceremonies. I wasn’t expecting to get anything, but I found a nice shirt dress that was half the price of the one I wanted in Mango (which I still want).
We weren’t long in the shop. At most we probably spent less than an hour there, which included the fitting and the photobooth session. Drew had to deal with it, and I must say he was rather patient about it. Reward: cotton candy.
Iron Man 3
It was a hilarious way to watch a movie. I sat on the front row, while Shabby and my sis sat in different seats. The funny thing was the people who purchased the seat next to me never showed up, so my companions could’ve moved to those seats at any time. Oh well.
Not to risk spoilers, but I enjoyed Iron Man 3. My sister said it was ok to watch even if you haven’t seen the first two, as it’s pretty much independent (storywise) from the previous ones. There’s the trademark humor of RDJ (it’s not really much of Tony, as it’s also present in his Sherlock Holmes movies), and kick-ass special effects and of course, all those Iron Man suits. I had tears in my eyes during that part.
Must watch? Yes. Rewatch? Definitely!
Sunday was another fun day, but I’ll have to make a separate post for that.