Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sara Jimenez Appreciation Post

Ever since Work of Art: The Next Great Artist started its second season, I've always had an eye on Sara Jimenez.

So I started taking screen caps of her on the show. That's not creepy, right?

I mean, just look at her.
Look at how cool she is smoking.
Smoking hot.
Sara and this season's winner, Kymia
My heart really went out for her when she spilled her emotions out in one of the crits.
Listening to the crit.

Occupy Wall st. COOL BEANS

Listening to the crit seriously.
Listening to the crit with a giggle.
She's part Filipino, btw.

This is Sara going out of her element.

Waltzing to her studio wearing a dress and sneakers.
Explaining her show to Simone de Pury
She didn't win, but she won my heart. WAT

LOL. Anyway, in all seriousness, I actually think she's a great artist. I think China Chow said it best in the finale: "Sara, you showed amazing growth over the course of the competition. And the risks that you took in your final show were very impressive."

To see some of her work, go to

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TV Tuesdays: Enlightened

Everybody I know knows I watch a lot of TV. Starting this week, I'll start posting TV Shows I watch. They're mostly sitcoms, though.

For my inaugural TV Tuesday post, I'm gonna write about Enlightened.

From Wikipedia:
Enlightened follows the story of Amy Jellicoe, a self-destructive executive, who, after a very public breakdown and a subsequent philosophical awakening in rehabilitation, tries to get her life back together.
The HBO Dramedy was created by Laura Dern and Mike White, and sometimes has Luke Wilson (as Laura's estranged ex-husband).
Laura Dern, basang-basa sa ulan.
Mike White is awesome.

Luke Wilson is extra-awesome.
Timm Sharp is also here. Remember him from Undeclared?

What I like about this show is that I can relate to it in the sense that I've always been depressed which means, things don't go very well for me no matter what. Sometimes, I feel like a leper when I'm around people (which is how some of the characters of the show treat Amy sometimes).

So, if you're down and troubled, you can count on Laura Dern to make you feel better about yourself.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Am I allowed to claim that I am depressed in writing form? 'Cause I totally am. For more or less three years. I feel like I've been floating around the sea and I can't see the horizon anywhere I look. I don't know where the fuck I am heading.

While depression might be a good thing (I mean, some of the greatest artists were depressed, right?), I am not that creative. So, I try to do a few activities to get my mind off things:

1. Try to connect with people. However, at 27, I don't think anybody my age would want to make new friends. You know, real friends. Actual people who will help you when you need them and vice-versa. So, I guess I'm failing miserably and it doesn't help the depression. I made a few friends, though. I guess, that's enough and I should quit complaining.

Some folks I met through Tumblr.

With Sam (as Belle) and Helga (as a Sim)

2. Going to shows and parties. I've been doing this heavily since before depression (BD) and it sorta reminds me of how lonely I am but at the same time my friends are there. So, yeah, I don't know how to feel about this.
I'm in this photo with The Strangeness, trust me.


3. Watch comedy. With the exception of a few dramas (Madmen, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, and, American Horror Story) I watch sitcoms exclusively.

This was my Halloween costume,

"First of all, we have a team photo"

I shoulda went as Jesse Pinkman, but, I forgot.

I like American Horror Story while I don't generally like horrors
They keep me entertained. I keep laughing. I keep forgetting how alone and lonely I am. They also remind me about it. I guess, this wasn't a bright idea too? I like laughing, though. So, I don't mind.

Patrice Oneal kinda minds, but, really doesn't

4. Write songs. While I said above that I am not very creative (or good at doing this), I still enjoy it quite a lot. I think this might be the only thing that doesn't seem like a complete failure for me, but, when Mike Kinsella is your peg, you might really get depressed 'cause he's really good.

So yeah, I just try to do the things I enjoy and milk the crap out of it. 'Cause there's no sense in staying depressed if you're not good at it.

Photo credits: Mij Bautista, Paul Wenceslao, Shinji Manlangit, and VLC Media Player

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What is Stress?

Presenting: The De-stressing Tea Mix

My job, just like any other, is pretty stressful. Percentage, acceptance rate, and pivots are just some of the words that I have to deal with on a daily basis. Admit it, just seeing numbers on the computer stresses you out. Not to mention commuting and office politics.

To cope, I play video games at home. And what is the best way to play video games? Play it with a drink. My choice of drink for today's game is what I call "The Video Game Lipton Tea Concoction"

I pause the game a lot to drink some tea.

Just get a cup of hot water, 2 Kalamansi, a bag of Lipton Yellow Label Tea, and (my not so secret ingredient)  1 teaspoon of brown sugar. What you do with the brown sugar, I will never tell. Just mix them all together.

Voila. Instant stress elimination.

Look how incredibly unstressed I am.

Of course, the perfect anti-stress thingamajig would be an iPad 2, but, that's up to you, Lipton.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hi, I'm Charles and I'm an Adult

Notice how I used my actual name instead of the modified one.

Today, I booked my first ever trip out of the country. I swear, I was really scared of clicking through an array of things and terms I have never seen before. Remember the first time (as Mario) you stepped in to World 8-1 of Supermario Bros. Fucken frightening. It was the exact same feeling I was having when I came across phrases like "Check Baggage" and "Return Flight". I was all, "WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING"

All for the love of the sorcery that is known to us as Indie music.

Singapore St. Jerome Laneway Festival just announced their 2012 Line-up!

Toro Y Moi alone made me want to go there. So, without hesitation, I decided that I will postpone getting a MacBook Pro to book tickets to Singapore next year and get tickets to this thing.

Oh, Chaz.

The whole thing made me think of getting my own credit card! And along with finally coming to terms with my job, it made me feel like an actual adult.

I guess this is a good thing.

But I still wish I could be forever young.

Somebody fix me up with some pixie dust

What an incoherent blog post.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Where Is My Blogging Mojo I Want It Back

Somewhere in the universe is my blogging mojo. I have lost it, but, I really hope I get it back. So, in the spirit of doing things once in a while, I'm posting a bunch of photos from the past few months that I have been too lazy to post.

Think of it as catching up with me time.

Went to a friend's band's last show

This is Kevin and Shinji

The venue was an art gallery


Finally met Chayenne from the Internet! That's her boyfriend from Typecast.

Quiz night every Friday

Changed my avatar for most of my online accounts

Drew this on my office whiteboard. Nothing happens there.

Went to the Globe Tatt Awards

This Cherry. She was Giniling Festival's former Road Manager

Cherry and Jeje

Knock knock. Who's there? Marco Ho.

Giniling Festival

Had a date with my friend, Rachel

Got a passport!

Made a pact with my friend Tin to get thin in a month. I am failing.

Got a new haircut.

Impulse buy of the year.