Monday, March 23, 2009

Dead Links

While doing some research for a project, I dug up old archives of Ang Aming Katha, and it was interesting, to say the least. I had already sent links to the texts to their respective authors, and apparently, old articles from back in college can be just as cringe-worthy, if not more so, than old pictures from back in college. At least with pictures, you can see how thin you looked way back when.

I did get a kick out of the "About the Author" write-ups:

Mika is in her sophomore year as an English Lit major at the Ateneo. She has books as her constant companions, and she has her head in the clouds, but she manages to keep at least one foot on the ground. She runs and you can reach her at

(Mika is now a junior at the Ateneo Law School, after years of singlehandedly making LiveJournal cool for everyone. Everyone wishes she'd blog more often.)

Jill is a 15 year old senior at the PAREF Woodrose in Alabang. She's an member of the the school's debate team and the editorial staff of her paper. She likes ice cream. You can visit her site at

(Jill is Mika's classmate at the Ateneo Law School. She's still part of the Ateneo debate team, which unfortunately doesn't allow her to blog much anymore.)

Frances Ellen is an 18-year old BS Computer Science sophomore at the De La Salle University. Visit her site at

(Frances has been part of the IT industry for several years now, and though she doesn't write much, she still takes breathtaking photographs.)

Macy is an 18-year old sophomore at the University of the Philippines at Diliman. You can know more about her, including her other works, at

(Macy is deputy managing editor for, and runs a brilliant site that combines her fifty-five word fiction pieces and her lomographs that is updated daily.)

Stephie, 18, is an AB Comm Arts freshman at the UST. She has a lot of hobbies, including web design, eating, texting, and shopping. She absolutely loves Harry Potter, and she likes Survivor, green tea, good music, movies and weepy books. You can visit her site at

(Stephie works alongside Macy for Candy Magazine as its art director, after spending several years with BusinessWorld.)

Katrina,16, has the same surname as the current president and is thinking about entering politics someday. She likes reading tragic love stories while nibbling chocolate chip cookies AND listening to alternative music. She does not think she is a very good writer, but she loves writing anyway. Visit to learn more about her.

(Katrina, unfortunately, still shares the same surname as the current president. After a very colorful college journey as a campus activist and a writer for the Philippine Collegian, she is now part of the UP Diliman Faculty.)

Angela really likes the real Autumn Tree especially when it's shedding its leaves, because she thinks autumn is the most romantic part of the year, even if there isn't any autumn in the Philippines. And romance, for her, is the fuel of life. More of her romance with life (among other things) at

(Angela moved to Singapore a couple of years ago to be part of Yahoo!'s technical team, but she's still active in various web projects.)

It shows how long we've been around; by September, I will have been blogging for ten years now. That is several lifetimes ago.

Earlier, I was chatting with a couple of them about this, and I was thinking that we came up with were not, well, very good, at least it served as a showcase for everyone's talent. The fact that we found each other and became friends and collaborated online, that was pretty special, isn't it?

Or perhaps is it a case of all these years--since when?--I had been seeing the light of dead links, long extinguished, yet seemingly still in their appointed places in the Internet. *

* - with apologies to Paz Marquez Benitez.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Online goals

"Jae, why aren't you on Facebook or Plurk?" is the question most online friends and acquaintances ask me most often, right after "Jae, bakit sa mga picture mo sa Internet, mukha kang hindi naliligo?"

In response to the first question, I usually come back with another question, "What, I don't overshare enough of my life?" (I don't really have a reply to the second question.)

But it's part of the plan. In fact, for the year, I made up this list of my goals for my online life:

  1. Join Chictopia. (It *is* the people's fashion destination.)

  2. Start a cooking blog, one that's aimed directly at single guys trying to cook. Recipes would include ways to fry the perfect Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdog.

  3. Revive Ang Aming Katha because there's no more mushy love stories in the blogs. Everything you read includes people beating up other people in golf courses.

  4. Grow a mustache (as per my fearless leader Brad Pitt's instructions) and document the adventure online. It'll be my political statement.

  5. Start a blog about blogging about blogging. I'll cover blogs that write about blogging. .

  6. Join Facebook, then "like" everyone else's bikini pictures to creep everyone out.

  7. Join Facebook and get this over with.

But I'm not joining Plurk. Jologs ang Plurk eh.


Monday, March 09, 2009

Heads up ulit

Tonight's i-Witness by Jay Taruc is all about the Eraserheads. With GMA-7's co-presenting the big concert, the i-Wit documentary crew got unfettered access to the rehearsals leading up to the show. Catch it tonight after Saksi.

(Or don't, it'll probably show up on YouTube this week anyway.)

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Saturday, March 07, 2009


It's odd how I've been reading a lot of news about the global economy lately; I know that it's been all over the news, but it's still remarkable how fresh the recent stories about the topic have been. Here's some that I liked in particular, promise they won't make you guys fall asleep:

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Friday, March 06, 2009


This is a couple of days late (I've been busy, you know, working), but this is just all kinds of awesome and really needs to be shared.

The Washington Wizards earlier this week played host to the Chicago Bulls, so Chicago native Barack Obama took the opportunity to watch his home town team in the nation's capital. And instead of sitting in a luxury box, he actually sat courtside and mixed it up with die-hard Wizznuts, including this little Tuff Juice fan:

And the President even started to enjoy a cold one:

Then things started heating up on the court, and a Wizards fan started talking trash to Obama, who was rooting for the visiting team:

[Wizards fan Miles Rawls] told the President that if he was rooting for the visitors, he was "gonna have to keep it to a low roar, because we're cheering for the Wizards over here." Obama, in turn, repeatedly needled Rawls about the Wizards' habit of letting leads evaporate, especially when the Bulls made a run.

"We was just going back and forth," Rawls said. "Once Chicago started coming back, he told me, 'Now I think you need to sit down.' When Tyrus Thomas dunked on somebody, he turned around, was talking smack. Then JaVale McGee had that alley-oop, and he gave me the high five. We was just supporting each others' team, having a good time."

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

O ayan, excited na talaga ako

Raymund Marasigan posted this on the Cambio mailing list:

dear kids

its thursday morning. i woke up too early (played a late pedicab gig last night). i'm getting excited about the eraserheads show this coming saturday.

i haven't been excited up to this point so let me back track a little. sandwich just got back from rocking singapore, pedicab is preparing a new video and getting ready for the mosaic festival, cambio is writing songs for the next album, gaijin (my new band)is in the studio recording.
aside from the busy gig sked, i've been (distracted) skateboarding downhill with the whiskey hill crew.haha

the eheads rehearsed again last tuesday. we played the whole show without breaks. we did it that way the previous session to test our endurance (and to go home early haha). rehearsals are more taxing mentally and physically than the actual show. we played for more than 3 hours straight repeating a few songs that needed some work. some friends dropped by, romeo lee even jammed some old tunes from the u.p. days.

i'd like to report that everyone is healthy and in tip top shape to perform this saturday. (i had a minor surgery early this month and have been recovering steadily these past few weeks.)

the stage in moa is getting built as i type, i've picked the shoes i'm wearing haha if you don't know what to wear check out the team manila website for some shirts we designed.

excited is good, the band seems to be in good spirits. ely hinted that we might extend the show if the crowd behaves haha.

its going to be a different show from the previous one. its a different set of songs. no countdowns, no wigs, no green hair, yes yes yo! i'm going to play drums now, see y'all this saturday!

raym < s >

Hala, let's all behave!

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

EXCITED NA AKO SA CONCERT... Journey sa Manila!

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

So wait, how does this work again?

I just send her a text message, right?

Wait, shouldn't I be, like, calling her for this? That would be more polite, right?

Or should I send a few text messages first, then call her? That sounds better.

Ah screw it, I'm just going to create a Facebook account and send her a message there..

(Probably more productive than, you know, blogging about it.)




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