Sunday, February 28, 2010

But Morrissey is too charming, and Mark Kozelek doesn't forget.



I Do It Anyway

I hate talking nonsense
But I do it anyway
I try to laugh when I am bored
I just do it anyway

I just do it
Do it anyway

I hate cleaning your mess
But I do it anyway
I quit giving
But I do it anyway

I just do it
Do it anyway

If caring is creepy
Why do it anyway?
We're walking empty
Why do it anyway?

Why do it?

I’m so tired of talking
But I do it anyway
I quit giving
But I do it anyway.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A batch mate of ours passed away last week, and it's not due to an accident or an illness. My mind went blank when I heard we lost her to suicide. It's one thing to hear somebody pass away barely one year after graduation, and it's another thing to know how it happened.

We're not close, but to think that she's really gone and that we shared the same campus is just too surreal for me. I realized while browsing through photos online that this girl was one of the first people I met on my first day in college. We looked for our rooms together that morning.

Somehow this thought overwhelms me. When I met her 5 years back, I was the one on the verge of existential crisis, consequently throwing my life away. I don't know what happened, but I chose to live. Now, here I am. Five years later, I'm here, but she's gone...

I just wish she could have waited, or talked to someone. I hope she stayed a little while longer to know the reasons why.

Wherever she is, I hope she finally finds peace. I will be praying for her.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Responsible drinker ako. 'Di nga.

I enjoy drinking with good company every now and then. A good friend of mine even introduced me to all sorts of beers and how people should ideally drink them. Yes, like drinking wine, people like to drink their beer a certain way. I prefer beer over hard drinks any day. But for a change, I tried searching up on one of the most expensive alcoholic beverages in the world: Scotch whiskey.


Here’s some trivia from Cracked.com

“Scotch is the finest beverage known to humankind, and the only one that has its own auctions.”

“It's been adored by too many icons of cool to list, including Poe, Hemingway, basically all normal artists, respectable biker gangs, whoever wrote Shakespeare, and Ben Franklin, unquestionably the coolest founding father. Nothing else goes perfectly with Coltrane, Metallica, and all things in between; scotch is what cocaine wishes it could be, a kind of explosive velvet, and is majorly iconic itself.”

A brief image summary on the “history” of whiskey.
Epic siya eh. Hehe.


Misconceptions and facts about Whiskey:

1. Older does not mean better.
A lot of whiskeys peak at about 15 – 21 years.

2. Most expensive does not mean it’s the best.

3. Don’t be afraid to put water in your whiskey.
Water will open up a whiskey – let aromas come out, for full flavor. Ice = water.

4. If you’re going to put ice in your whisky, avoid making a snow cone (LOL)
There are whiskeys made for “the rocks”, which means its best taken with ice.

5. Don’t be afraid to try something new—try something that you’ve never had.

*Info from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDCMkYXVx_Q&feature=fvst- -- Learn everything there is to know about Scotch whisky with LX.com's George Oliphant at the Brandy Library in New York City.


I honestly didn’t like hard drinks when I tasted them for the first time. But, I learned to appreciate certain tastes as I got older. I have to agree that expensive doesn’t always mean better. I tried Johnnie Walker and Benmore whisky, and I have to say I couldn’t taste the difference. Though both brands come from the same maker, the latter is not as expensive.


Which means lower income-earning, poor, but decent people like me can still enjoy it. :p


But hey, don’t get me wrong. I’m not promoting alcoholism. I just think people should enjoy parties and still have their favorite beer, cocktail, or wine, with certain conditions of course. Just don’t drink and drive, folks!


Everyone has got to down a bottle of booze some time. Yes, I’m not just talking to drinkers, this goes out to non-alcohol fans too. Being a non-drinker doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know how to handle drinking situations. That’s why idiot guides are important. Trust me, I’ve been there. When I was in college, I barely knew anything until the morning after when I had to cradle a massive head-ache over the toilet wondering what in the world I got myself in to.


This situation may sound familiar to some. For others, there are ways to avoid these nasty aftermaths. Checkout this link for complete tips on responsible drinking and how to handle the worst hang-over after the best party you unfortunately forgot. Actually, it’s either you read that or just take my personal drinking advice:

  • Eat a good meal before drinking especially if you plan on drinking a lot. It’s a fact that you will get drunk faster with an empty stomach, and that’s common sense.
  • Drinking too much too fast will obviously make you drunk sooner than the old dude across your table. While drinking alcohol, alternate with water or other beverages. Stay hydrated. It’s also a good way to pace your drinking.
  • Plano mo pala magbasag eh. Hala! Sige, inom! Pero bago ka magpaka-lasing, uminom ka na ng Aspirin, Biogesic, Tylenol, o kung ano mang Paracetamol isang oras bago mag-wasak. Sulitin mo na. Makakatulong yan para ‘di ka maging gulay pag-gising mo.


Wait, what about the morning after?
So… you’ve busted the whole responsible drinking plan. Ano ngayon?

  • Sige, isuka mo lang yan. Mas giginhawa ang pakiramdam mo pag naisuka mo na lahat. When your body withdraws food from your stomach, it’s actually a sign that it needs to rid it of poison. Yes, too much of a good thing can really kill.
  • Again, drink lots of water. Better yet, drink sports drinks like Gatorade or Pacquiao’s Vit. Water, you know?
  • Sleep! That’s the only way you can ever recover. If you have work or class that day, sorry na lang. Kasalanan mong nag-basag ka eh. Pagbayaran mo.

So there. Until my next sleepless entry. Good afternoon, good evening, and good night. :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Crossing

I emptied my pockets
to surrender all sharp
and flammable belongings
just before admitting
to have this fear of flying:
more particularly, of the fall.
Never mind the pain
from the fiery disaster
that might become of my trip.

I’ve only fallen in dreams
during restless sleep, and in them
I relied heavily on force fields
which knew of frailty and when
to stop such madness.

But my baggage is checked in,
and like so many passengers waiting
we take turns glancing outside
for planes landing, taking off,
to figure out which emerging heads
have arrived home or have come
only as visitors.

Then perhaps, I will doze my flight
away, while knowing all too well
that I will dread waking
from the same frightful sleep,
only to find it chance upon me—
no longer familiar
and wakeful to another side.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

They finally got it right

Without me telling them how to spell it.
Just had to celebrate at my favorite coffee shop.




In other news, I'm growing my nose hairs



And I got a new job



Which means holding my breath



Longer this time.

Monday, February 8, 2010

I'd like to call it "Audio-Bio"

DIRECTIONS: Put your preferred music player on shuffle and play one song per question. Pick a few lines from the song currently playing to answer the question -- skip any track that doesn't have lyrics or vocals.

tagged by waps

What do your friends think of you?
“I need your discipline, you know once I start I cannot help myself”
Nine Inch Nails - Discipline



If someone asks, "Is this okay?" You say--?
“You shock me to the core”
New Order – Crystal



How would you describe yourself?
“She’s sneaky and smoked out
And it’s starting to show”
Third Eye Blind – I’ll Never Let You Go



What do you like in a guy/girl?
“The selfless fool who hoped he’d save us all “
The Shins - Australia



How do you feel today?
“He talked of life, laughing slapped his leg stale”
Bob Dylan – Mr. Bojangles



What's your life's purpose?
“So plant the thought and watch it grow
Wind it up and let it go”
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - Lies



Your motto?
"I'm a professional cynic, but my heart's not in it,
I'm payin’ the price of livin' life at the limit
Caught up in the century's anxiety
Yes it preys on him, he's getting thin”
Blur – Country House



What do you think about very often?
“We’re gonna vent our frustration,
if we don’t we’re gonna blow a 50-amp fuse”
The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want



What is 2 + 2?
“We can try to talk it over
If you say you'll help me out”
Garbage – Push It



What do you think of your best friend?
“They know my weaknesses, you tried them”
Depeche Mode – The Things You Said



What do you think of the person you like?
“It’s real to me but not like these fools and not like this scene
I won’t find or have it within the time”
Gin Blossoms – Until I Fall Away



What is your life story?
“And there's a demon in my head who starts to play
A nightmare tape loop of what went wrong yesterday
And I hold my breath till it's more than I can take
And I close my eyes and dream that I'm awake”
Third Eye Blind - Narcolepsy



What do you want to be when you grow up?
“We can find new ways of living
Make playing only logical harm
We can cap the old times
Clay making that nothing else will change”
Interpol – Obstacle 1



What will you dance to at your wedding?
“And I know I was wrong
When I said it was true
That it couldn't be me and be her
In between, without you”
The Cure – In Between Days (labo)



What will they play at your funeral?
“Take this sinking boat and point it home”
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly



What is your hobby/interest?
“Work and vanity wasted my time inside
And a dress, dress, dress that I’ve been sick on
Oh, how are you? Can't say I really care at the end of it all”
The Sundays – Skin and Bones



What is your biggest fear?
“The killer in me is the killer in you”
Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm



What is your biggest secret?
“And I run when I know what people hear”
Maia Hirasawa – You and Me and Everyone We Know



What do you think of your friends?
“Something is stirring way underneath”
Morcheeba - Friction



What will you post this as?
“Seek with the seeker, but hold on for the ride”
Stone Temple Pilots - Glide