No Questions Asked #atozchallenge2014

Call it idiocy, but when I changed my relationship status in Facebook last May 21, I had expected the change to go unnoticed. I seem to remember having changed “Single” to “In a Relationship” before without being noticed because I did something with the settings (I may have done THIS). Naturally, that was still my frame of mind when I chose a newer status — “Engaged.” Just five to ten seconds later, people began congratulating me and I realized it was not an invisible change after all.

Facebook announced it like this:

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No wonder people thought we just got engaged! Instead of simply accepting the change I made to my relationship status, from “In a Relationship” to “Engaged,” Facebook announced it as just “Got Engaged.” It was kiiind of late…It would have been skipped, actually…Image Copyright © J.Gi Federizo

That is why people thought/think this life event happened just recently. Truth was, it wasn’t a pop-the-question kind of thing. More like a  matter-of-fact statement that began more than a year ago and went like this: “When we get married….” or sometimes, “When do you want to get married?” I say sometimes because these were mentioned in more than just one occasion. In several conversations, in fact.

It was never a question answerable with a YES or NO. No surprises pulled off like suddenly asking in front of a huge crowd (and it’s like the girl can’t say no that way, really). No relatives and friends secretly joining forces with the groom-wannabe. No expensive settings, elaborate plots  or maybe special effects like fireworks in the sky. No death-defying stunts. No cameras. No going down on one’s knee. No OMG-I’m-gonna-cry-pass-me-the-tissue moment. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero.

wedding-proposalIn other words, no proposal whatsoever. I had jokingly told him why he ruined the surprise by saying it many times rather than saving the question to pop at the perfect moment. Being the simple man that he was, he asked if that was even a requirement. The closest he got to asking it was by saying, “Why, don’t you want to?” (to which I asked, and still often ask, “Are you sure you will marry me? Me? This Me???”)

In essence, it was true. Why pop the question when you already know the answer? Not saying all other couples who went through this sort of modern ritual were wrong. To each couple their own. Just saying there is more than one way to do it. The important thing is the noble and sincere intention. It doesn’t matter how he asks — or says — it.

An actual proposal would have been thrilling, for sure, but there is a certain feeling to be had when your partner lets you know in his own way that there is no question, he is thinking of the — not a — future with you as his wife, despite all the flaws you have that you keep counting. He is not at all hesitant to state it as a fact, as something that seems almost tangible because the proof, your love for each other, is right there in front of you. Or is shared between you. However you say it, you get the point, I dare think.

And to be honest enough, I also somehow felt the thrill, what we call kilig, the first time he popped the — uh — statement. It’s how I wanted it, anyway.  It was the intimate (non-)proposal I wanted, with only the two of us in attendance. I wanted it simple, practical and sweet.

wedding-ringsHere’s a surprise for you: THE WEDDING WAS LAST WEEK. Well, supposedly.

After my dilly-dallying and constant moving of the schedule of the wedding, I finally decided last November that this was it, I had to make a final decision and stick to it. There was no point of postponing things. Finally, then, I told him “May next year,” and that’s this year. We began planning and preparing the requirements until April when we finalized the date of the civil wedding.

Due to time and budget constraints, we decided on a civil wedding to be attended by mostly family and relatives only. To friends finding it out just now, most of you didn’t know and I apologize for not inviting, but I do hope you understand that it was never about or against you, nothing of the sort.

The wedding was to be on May 22, last Thursday, but you won’t see an actual wedding ring on my fnger just yet. What happened? Well, his mother suffered a stroke on May 8. Knowing how unwise and insensitive it would have been to push through with it, I made a decision, talked it over with him, then we told his parents we could move it on a later date. It was not a hard decision, really. It’s about health and family after all. If anything, it is buying us time to save up more and plan it better. No biggie. It was my birthday when we talked to them and I spent it the best way possible, by being unselfish.

So that new status the other day? Long overdue.

I had thought about it hard because I wanted to make sure I would do it not because I was desperate and afraid of growing old alone. I had to make sure that there was no doubt in my mind that he was the one for me and that I accepted who he was. I had to make sure there was no doubt in his own mind I was the one for him. Few people know of our story, or stories. Maybe we don’t look it but we each went through a lot in our lives. We’re still stones with rough edges. Together, we can smoothen out those edges.

Lifetime challenge, accepted…See you till next status update!!!

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A BIG THANK YOU to all who congratulated us 😀

This is my “W” post for…

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How “Vanity” Killed the CATS Entry #atozchallenge2014

I wasn’t even going to post today, but Life really has a way of changing and connecting things, and now I write about VANITY. As my “V” post for the A-to-Z Challenge, I meant to post my writeup on the Belgian stage performer Veerle Casteleyn, if I could just find it (I really do want to introduce her to you through that article so will post one of these days). Veerle is the actress-dancer who played Jemima in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s CATS The Musical.

Life had other plans, though. Due to something else I need not elaborate, I just Googled one of my older online aliases. Lo and behold! At the top of the first page result was a link to an archived discussion, not really a debate, as they called it, since everyone else other than myself hated me. WikiPedia hated me. You see, WikiPedia and I go way back.

This was back when WikiPedia was just starting and encouraging people to be its first volunteer non-professional editors (you know how it works, right?). I thought it would be neat to be an editor so I joined them. How, I don’t remember. Anyway, as it was still starting and basically testing grounds through trial and error, guidelines weren’t all that clear and people were still sort of trying to get the feel of it.

Me, being excited and being a CATS fan, not to mention, still trying to grasp the whole notion of writing for the Internet when I was not at all net-savvy, I decided to contribute. The thing was I did some things wrong that led to others misinterpreting my intentions as a means for self-promotion because I linked to my blog posts. Vain, they said about me. They decided to do a debate on whether to delete my contributions or not. I admit I was stupid, going into something I did not fully understand. What I could not comprehend was how nasty people could be in judging others and saying bad things about them. But then again, this was way before Facebook and Twitter. The comments paled in comparison, though, to what people post nowadays.

The funny-in-a-not-so-ha-ha-way thing was I wondered if they didn’t realize I could read them when they should have known I was an editor like themselves. Couldn’t they just simply cite a rule that said linking to personal blogs was not allowed? They could have politely asked me to edit or to delete what needed to be deleted. The comments thread went this way:

*Delete: vanity. The author then created three separate articles on misspellings of the screen name, each linking to the first ”and to the others”. 

* Delete. Aargh. Why do people think this is relevant to the rest of the world? 

* It isn’t. Delete all.

*”’Delete”’! No doubt about it.

*Delete it- definitely. Pointless and boring

*”’Comment”’: the original poster of this page keeps blanking it – could this qualify as a speedy? [Ed. I don’t even know what that means! What do “blanking” and “speedy” mean here???] 

**Comment: Yes, if it’s the author doing it. With IP’s, it’s hard to be sure.

***Comment: it’s the author Charlizegraciedylan, [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/wiki.phtml?title=Little_Dove_Feather&action=history]

*”’Delete.”’ Vanity.

Of all the things I hate, it’s when people make assumptions on my character when they don’t even know me. So I decided to  make things easier for them and posted this:

Dear WikiPedia

In the archive, there doesn’t seem to be any more response to that for reasons I am not aware of and don’t really care about. This information about my personal experience had been a secret I kept until now. I kept it as such because of its embarrassing nature. To actually have this kind of history is embarrassing. But if there’s one thing history teaches us is to learn from our mistakes.

This post is not against WikiPedia itself, but is meant to serve as a reminder to me, and maybe to you as well, especially in this Internet age. Advice to self:

(1) THINK before you leap. That means to always be careful. Think twice, thrice, even many times, about what I am going to say, share or do online and how.

(2) BE AWARE.  Think of whom I share information to. The more I share in public, the more chance for trolls and unfriendly people to target me, ’cause that’s how they get their fix, to degrade others so they can feel better about themselves. In this case, I tried not to mind but because some action was needed to be decided by them, I made things easier. But generally, I just give trolls and nasty people no mind.

(3) KNOW. Make sure I fully understand the rules, regulations and what are expected of me, even if I get nothing in return for the effort.

(4) DO NOT BE VAIN. I was not that vain that I had to keep linking to my own blog — to gain traffic was not the purpose. It just was not well-thought out.  But my crime of vanity was committed when I decided to join the team of editors because it somehow added something to my ego. I got my comeuppance early.

 

It’s never easy to share embarrassing stuff about yourself. But if that helps to improve one’s self, I’m all about sharing. We improve only when we learn from mistakes.

 

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WHEW!!! Four letters to go! I jumped from “T” to “V” because my “U” post was published on time. Anyhoo,  props to the people behind…

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My Five Theme Songs to Live By #atozchallenge2014

I’ve had the draft for this for daaayssss…Anyway,…

Let’s talk about THEME SONGS. Not just any theme songs from movies or shows. I mean those that currently define, describe, and/or I, hopefully, will follow in the years to come, maybe in my lifetime. Basically, these are songs that help bring me back to my senses and make me push through with life and push on.

So, let me share to you now…

 

My Five Theme Songs to Live By

1. Defying Gravity by Idina Menzel

This also serves as my LSS or Last Song Syndrome fave. I play this in the office practically every work day, and play it non-stop a lot of times, too (you can ask my officemates). As I shared in my WICKED post, the song is from the musical. Maybe I am ten years late in really appreciating this song, but I have fallen in love with it now. Maybe because it holds more meaning to me now, too.

The song speaks of breaking free and flying high, escaping from things that hold you back or down from becoming the best and happiest you can be. As Idina’s Elphaba says, it’s time to defy gravity. Below is Idina’s album version of the song:

I’m through accepting limits
‘Cause someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I’ll never know!

…I’m defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down!

I guess Idina’s Elsa’s “Let It Go” is in a similar vein (not really the same), but I can relate more with “Defying Gravity” and identify more with Elphie. I know you most probably have heard the song already or seen the movie — I’d be surprised if you haven’t yet — but if you just want to compare, I’m posting the other song, too, and this one’s got sing-along lyrics on it:

2. The Journey by Lea Salonga

Not to be biased or anything because Lea is Filipino and a favorite stage performer, but this song is one of the best songs I have ever heard. It’s not just due to the melody, which may not be the best, but how the message is conveyed. Just watch the video and maybe sing along with the lyrics…

I may be in love with song #1 right now, but this remains as Top 1 in my list of theme songs. It serves as a reminder for me to keep being positive and keep going, to enjoy life and love the journey. Does my blog’s name tell you anything? Forward, always forward, onward, always up, we must go 😉

From what I know, this song was recorded as part of a concept album for the Little Tramp musical that is based on the life of the great Charlie Chaplin. Incidentally, he originally composed the music for the next song for a movie he was making, the words added later on by lyricists.

3. Smile by Nat King Cole

How beautiful! I am not sure about the first time ever that I heard it in my life, but I remember when I actually took notice. That was when I was a kid and my sister and I used to watch old shows on TV (for some reason, we were fond of watching shows that were even way beyond our time) and one of those was the gag show of Jerry Lewis. He would always sing some parts of it at the end of every episode. I immediately understood and fell in love with it.

It is something that anyone who has ever felt sad and lonely can relate to. There is a certain sense of melancholy in it, yet there is the positive message as well that we can hold on to.

4. For Good by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

Alright, it’s still WICKED and Idina, but you can’t blame me. It just so happens that the show has really good songs in it. And since I am someone who values friendship very much, this duet by Idina and Kristin really spoke to me. The best thing is, it doesn’t necessarily have to be simply about friendship; rather, it can be about relationships in general.

I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives
For a reason, bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those who help us most to grow
If we let them and we help them in return…

It well may be that we will never meet again
In this lifetime so let me say before we part
So much of me is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart.

When it was sung live onstage, I noticed how quiet the people from the audience were. Not a few hearts were touched by this song. Every time I listen to it, I can’t help but feel a lump in my throat and want to cry. You should have seen me the first days I was listening to it — I did cry. Then I tortured myself and played it over and over. Crazy, eh?

Those first two lines of the second quoted stanza gets to me every time! I am reminded of friendships lost due to distance or falling-out, reminded to be thankful for the great people in my life, and especially reminded of my parents to whom I was not able to say “so much of me is made of what I learned from you” (oh man, I’m tearing up right now..sorry…).

This song has become my most favorite friendship/relationship song and I think it will be hard for any similar song to dethrone it from my list.

5. You Gotta Be by Des’ree

Last but not the least, we have this perk-up song, at least that’s what I’m calling it. Ever since I learned and memorized it, I have regarded it as a self-advice song. Depressed, worried, anxious? Sing it.  Simply enjoying the moment? Sing it. Apply it anytime, anywhere!

Basically, it’s about keeping a positive outlook, being courageous in the face of hardship, and believing in the power of love.

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day.

In fact, on the few times I get to sing in front of a videoke machine, I almost always sing it. It’s like my default song or something (well, along with song #2).

 

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That’s it, the five theme songs of my life. In other words, guide songs. Do you have yours? What is it or what are they? I invite you to share 🙂

This is my belated “T” post for…

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An Update by Grayson

This is a follow up to my post titled “SORRY.” Perhaps you would like to extend some help. If you want to know the background of the whole thing, I have linked to relevant info in my post, or you can simply hit the previous-post arrows from the page I’ve reblogged. Check out the comments as well for other info.

SORRY #atozchallenge2014

I had promised to take pictures of my dinosaurs and share to you. I knew you would love them. I never forgot, but I never got around to do that yet. And now I hate myself for exactly that reason, for not getting around to do it much earlier. I’m sorry, Rarasaur. 

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When I started writing for the A-to-Z Challenge, I didn’t exactly have a theme. I just said I’d write stuff that interested me. Then as days went on, I realized I wrote about happy things, positive stuff. So I intended that for the rest of the challenge, I would be writing about happy, positive things. That has changed, if only for today. It so happened that I was to write an “S” post. SORRY seemed quite appropriate now.

We just met last April through the A-to-Z Challenge. I liked the look of her blog, I liked her posts, I LIKE-d her posts, I decided to FOLLOW. Reading stuff she wrote about herself, I felt we may have stuff to talk about. I liked Rarasaur. And so it made me so sad suddenly to see a post by another blogger whose links redirected to Rarasaur’s last post before she was to leave  (the one that follows has just been posted by her husband for her, you might want to check it out as well). For a considerable amount of time, I had been in and out of the WordPress loop. Well, seems I missed a lot. If you want to read more about it, Rarasaur wrote this, too.

My own experiences were not as bad as hers, in fact, mine were quite tamed, but I can say that I know what if feels like to be at your lowest point. I know what it feels like to be accused of something you know very well that you never did and would never do. I know what it feels like to be bullied.

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Rarasaur, forgive me. I promise I will take pictures of my dinosaurs and post them here and write you down even as a tag, for you to find them more easily. As you have requested from us, I have also shared your story through the links…

I won’t be home yet so I can’t take the dinosaur pics, but for you, I took pics of our office dinosaur, as you will see above once you see this post….I still wish you the best. and hope to read you much sooner than we or you expect…

RPG [Part Two] #atozchallenge2014

And we’re back! Just last post, I shared about ROLE-PLAYING and posted photos in RPG [Part One]. I was going to post the second part of the Role-Playing Gang post the next day but problems with choosing the last pics became quite a challenge, and then I had to take care of things that were of the life-changing scale.

Now I continue…

2012 continued

For the year’s Christmas party, the theme was United Nations, with a twist. Instead of wearing national costumes the usual (and boring) way, the challenge was to feature something about a country, perhaps something it is known for, preferably something bizarre. I thought, “Viking, female, princess…” It’s bizarre because do you see vikings anywhere you now? And they’re stuff books and movies are made of…Good thing I expressed this already because it so happened another person was thinking of viking as well.

For some reason, I assumed vikings were from Ireland, but my research brought me history. Scandinavia, it was. I saw viking princesses dressed in girly stuff. Ugh. I stink at being girly-girly. And I was going to be a viking, not a damsel to save, so it had to be something more special, so I was a viking warrior princess! Of course, I didn’t just assume it would be a Xena kind of thing, so I did my research as well and came up with this:

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Meet Helga Ormsdottir, Viking Warrior Princess

First of all, that axe can never chop anyone’s head off (I say it in present tense as I don’t have the heart to disassemble it yet). The handle’s from a mop, the black parts are just electric tape, and the “blade” is just metallic-silver gift-wrapper taped to brown envelope cut into the desired shape. For a while, though, somebody didn’t want to touch it, thinking it could cut skin 😉

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Helga’s cape at the back…Uh, does this outfit make me look fat? *girly mode*

Second-hand shops were really helpful. The sleeveless jacket was actually two separate things. The actual jacket was turned inside-out because I was after the faux fur. The back part that reached my shoulders was actually — ready? — a bag.

I was thinking of cutting an old, furry towel to use though the material wouldn’t seem close enough to that of the jacket’s. Then I happened on a shop and chanced on the bag…the night before the party! I say that was fate. What you see on the photo at right was literally half of the bag, the other half cut into several pieces to serve other purposes such as for the arm bands.

I had a sort of belt made out of a material my mother owned before, which term for it I didn’t know but she used it for medical purposes. The round shiny things, if you are able to notice from the pic above, were used CDs. I bought brown boots, too, that practical me could still use after, and I really still do. Parts of that bag served as furry parts of the boots. In truth, I put them over the boots. I saw boots that looked exactly like what I wanted, but it’s not practical to wear something like that on a regular day in a tropical country.

Now about the helmet, I made that, too, though it’s quite large on my head. I wanted a viking helmet with horns on it. So I grabbed a plastic coriander, put Santa’s hat over it and glued on 2011’s New Year blow horns made of actual photo films (not made by me). That thing in the middle was the pendant of my favorite necklace that I couldn’t anymore use.

Sorry if I went all-talkative about this. I just really enjoyed my costume. Oh, here are other pics from the party (I made up most of the names, BTW):

If this reminds you of Queen Amidala, that's because the inspiration for her costume was the Mongolian traditional garment for noble women. This girl made this whole thing by herself and her win was well-deserved. Okay, maybe she won't mind really mind me posting this. She's the Skuld of 2011's party

If this reminds you of Queen Amidala, that’s because the inspiration for her costume was the Mongolian traditional garment for noble women. This girl made this whole thing by herself and her win was well-deserved. Okay, maybe she won’t really mind me posting this (crossing fingers). She’s the Skuld of 2011’s party

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Representing Kyrgyzstan falconry, most of Sherwin‘s outfit weren’t made by him, but would you look at that eagle?!! He and his bro made that. That sealed it and he won, too!

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Everyone wanted a pic with that eagle, including the Viking Princess. I suppose you’re not to hold its feet like that in real life, but this one would have fallen off my arm

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The Jamaican Rasta Man

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Don’t know what country she represented but what tribe wouldn’t want this queen? 😉

 

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Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra

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The Dutch Maid and the Gypsy

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This Pirate Queen is actually the Ginantsilyo Queen. She crocheted that sexy outfit herself

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Here’s the Militia Leader when some of us actually went down to the mini-grocery store to buy some stuff. Two of us had the chance to win Best in Presentation, but this funny guy beat us, hands down. I would’ve complained if I won :p

 

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One of the various group pics. Included are the Norwegian…I dunno what he is supposed to be (LOL!!!), the Greek Goddess, the Piper, and the Cold Canadian Guy, he he…

 

2013

Last year’s Halloween was different. While in past years, it was a contest among employees of the different branches, 2013 was a time for team unity. This time, it was a competition among the branches themselves, not the individual employees. Each branch was supposed to create a three-minute horror film that involved the whole office.

The combined Makati and Quezon City branches came up with a Plants vs. Zombie trailer-type film. I talked about this in Zombie-fied!!! I’m happy to inform you we won 😀 This is the winning piece:

Some pics…

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The Cast and Characters

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Me as DJ Zom-B

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Me and My Boyfriend 😉

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“Braaainnnsss…” DJ Zom-B and Swashbuckler Zombie flank Sherwin’s Bonk Choy!…Incidentally, that’s my fave costume, or rather, head gear.

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This is my other favorite head gear, the Jalapeno that I couldn’t help but try out

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Zombies and the courageous Plants invade the city!

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Actually, they just wanted to order their food, so they waited in line for their turn, just like normal people. In photo: Target Zombie, Weightlifter Zombie and DJ Zom-B

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Meanwhile, how about a selfie and some texting. That’s Newspaper Zombie taking a selfie with Weightlifter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, for Christmas. We dared to be different. We wondered, “How do super villains celebrate Christmas?” Obviously, we dressed up as super villains, focusing on Marvel and DC comics.

We could choose whether we went as male or female villains. I really wanted to go as a villainess. My concern was most female super villains wore very revealing and/or skin-tight costumes (target audience rather obvious, ‘no?). The ones that really weren’t either looked like monsters, which I’ve had enough of, having nailed it at last year’s Halloween and played a zombie the next year, or looked like nasty old ladies.

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Here’s one of the few pics where I actually smiled. I could only photo-bomb and hide somehow. That’s Red Skull striking a pose, by the way

Alas! I found my super villainess — BizarroGirl! She is the counterpart of SuperGirl in the Bizarro World. But alas again! It was an epic fail for me. I worked the hardest for this and yet it was the worst costume I ever came up with. I totally had great plans, but I also totally lacked enough know-how on how materials worked.

I won’t explain further and will leave it at that. Let’s just say I still ended up looking like a pregnant (I am not, which makes it worse, LOL!!!), nasty old lady. I was feeling sick the night before and the whole day, too, so yeah, that made finishing the costume much harder.

Anyway, check out some of the cool costumes, though. I managed to grab clearer photos, thank goodness 🙂

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Catwoman and her bike…Sexy!

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Dr. Doom and the cute-me pose…So, it has come to this…

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Doc Octopus. Another doctor in the house to set things right. I mean, wrong

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Ra’s al Ghul…Nice version!

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I really liked the black emseble of Talia al Ghul. She actually looked like a cute super heroine! Couldn’t find a solo pic of hers, but here she is caught mid-wink (LOL!!!), flanked by Dr. Doom and…

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…the Smiling Harley Quinn

 

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This Joker‘s not smiling. The joke’s on us, apparently…

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Lady Deathstrike. I took a closer look and saw the long fingers were basically made of paper, but I stayed away anyway, ’cause they really creeped me out (still do!)

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Of course, we know where most of the red paint went, but Magneto‘s head gear was one of the coolest! I wanted to steal it!

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Enchanting, ain’t she? That’s 2012’s Tribe Queen turned Lady Enchantress. Beside her is…

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…the costume that won Best Costume — the Silver Samurai! Do I even have to mention who he is??? This year, we non-winners will push for forced disqualification for hall-of-famers! :))

 

And that concludes our RPG posts 🙂

Again, pics belong to us so do not share/distribute. Just link to here, if you really must.

 

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Did you enjoy the two posts? Hope you did. It’s fun sometimes to role-play. But it’s always wise never to lose sense of reality, eh? If you do have similar posts and pics to share, then by all means, share! Feel free to give us a link at the comment box below. Meanwhile, “S” is coming up soon 🙂

This is the second part of my “R” post for…

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RPG [Part One] #atozchallenge2014

Because I am a closet-frustrated actress (well, the closet has been opened now, I guess), I do enjoy ROLE-PLAYING. I do not, however, mean online RPGs, but rather the “more realistic” one called cosplaying. It was only in recent years, however, that I got to somehow enjoy a bit of cosplaying, thanks largely to our cool office that holds costume contests for Halloween and Christmas.

I thought that today, I would like to share to you some pictures with me and my officemates in costume. Now, remember, I am still practically new at this and we are not all-out cosplayers (that requires great dedication). I present to you…the ROLE-PLAYING GANG!!!

Please do not expect my own costumes as actual cosplay events-worthy (my motto is to do it the least expensive way possible). Just have a look and I hope you smile 🙂

 

2011

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It’s Psycho-lo Gi!! Well, okay, it’s hard to smile when someone’s in front of you looking like this, but that’s just me who could not think of any costume for Halloween 2011…I’m short, but I look stunted here. Hmnnn…

I didn’t hope to win anything with this one. I was pressed for time so I thought of a semi-Scream version. Bought a common mask and wore black jacket and slacks, that was it. Posed with a knife, but only for pictorial purposes, so kids, don’t try this at home. Didn’t go around the office threatening peeps with it. There’s a saying, “Baka itulak ka ng kapwa mo demonyo,” which means, “Your fellow-devil might push you,” so might as well avoid tempting him.

Unfortunately, only five of us somehow participated in this. How sad 😦 Winner came from another branch office…Double sad 😦 😦  Had a grand time posing with office peeps but I’m not sharing, ’cause they’re not kid-friendly stuff.  Sharing this one, though:

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That’s me at right with our Ate Ru sticking her tongue out (he he), then it’s she of MamaIsWorking in the middle (work it, Miss M.!!!)…

And so this was Christmas 2011 and what did we do? We went all-animated as we dressed in colorful costumes as various characters from animated shows, films and online games. Check out these cool pics!

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Some of us had costumes made, some didn’t have much time to prepare for something more elaborate (party was after work), but some of us did what we would describe as “kinarir,” or in figurative English, “made a career out of it.” Here we smile

 

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Here we serious! Just shared this one so you can check out the “gunblade” I made. Sorry for the pic quality

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You’ve probably seen this in my About page. I was Rinoa Heartilly of Final Fantasy wearing here parts/props of others’ costumes — Skuld‘s wings and Haru Glory‘s sword

I was and am not that familiar with most animated characters, not as much as my colleagues did/do, so I just tried to do research. I tried to look for a character with dark hair (so I wouldn’t need a wig) and that was not scandalously dressed and found Rinoa Heartilly of Final Fantasy —  I was the bigger, curly and brown version.

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A very close look at my drawing of the winged lion, The Griever

Created my own (anemic blue) blaster edge, Rinoa’s default weapon, and my version of her boyfriend Squall Leonhart‘s (cartolina) gunblade that she got to used, complete with the supposed etched winged lion called The Griever along the blade. I didn’t look anything like Rinoa (ha ha) but I was proud of my gunblade, It was safe, too, as the “blade” was just, as said, made of paper, it would easily bend if you just as simply poked it with your fingers.

There were lots of good costumes, but I will share only some because most were anime-inspired. If you are familiar with how anime female characters often look like, well, let’s just say I’d like to keep this blog kid-friendly. Besides, they would kill me if I did that. So I’ll keep this Gi-friendly as well, for my own safety 😉

Some costumes are worth showing, though, because they were creative and were made by their wearers themselves:

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My usual Komikon buddy Sherwin won 2nd prize as Haru of Haru Glory. The sword had us (again, kids, this is not a real weapon…it was heavy, though). The wings had us, too, and belonged to the one who won first prize as Skuld of Skuld (Oh My Goddess!). She’s so shy so I felt she wouldn’t want to be seen here in public. It’s the wings that won for her, definitely

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We’ve got the Super Mario Brothers–er–make that Super Mario Sisters–er–Maria…? This is Mario Mario

 

 

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…and this is Luigi Mario (and yes, Mario is their last name, look it up). These girls sewed up these outfits and created the cute hats out of feltpaper, I think

 

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Luffy, is that you? What a simple but perfect way to come as his favorite character from his favorite One Piece

 

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BOO!!! Did I scare you? Well, I’m not sorry. I hope I did (LOL!!!). I call this my Aswang Salonga-look. Aswang is a Filipino term for evil, human-eating creatures/monsters that roam at night hunting for people to devour. I think I worked it with the eyes, but really, it was the hair that did most of the work

I was being a tightwad again so I bought the baggy black dress from the thrift or second-hand shop. Then I bought those fake plastic nails. They would look weird on me, though, as I have a brown complexion and the parts you attached to the fingers were white so I got surgical gloves from leftover medical supplies at home. The sleeves concealed my skin well enough. Just painted dark circles around the eyes and a bit of red lines on the face and neck that didn’t seem anything like blood at all.

I didn’t expect to win, at least, in the Branch Office, but I did. Looking at the pics told me who wouldn’t let me win? 😉 The funny thing was, my own sister asked me if I was wearing a wig! HA HA HAAA!!! I really just messed it all up and let it hang like that. So if you’ve read my TOP TEN QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK ME post, now you understand how wiry it could be.

For fun, we did go out on the streets in full costume to buy lunch and stopped by a mall (I can now say their security peeps cannot be relied on as they let us in…what if we were robbers???). The kids screamed both in scared and amused ways and actually followed us in a bookstore. Some kids talked to me and suddenly, one touched my hair, probably trying to find out if it was true, smelled it even. Then she declared “Her hair smells nice!” Aaww…I just didn’t know whether to say thank you or be depressed when some guy amusedly said the costume fit me well.

There were only a few of us who participated, but it was lots of fun already. Ladies and Gents, we introduce to you…

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The not-so-Slender Man

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The dashing Scarecrow

 

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Jason of Friday the Thirteenth. BTW, kids, that’s just a prop in his hand, okay?

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The Woman with Creepy Crawlers…She’s so pretty, though, not scary 🙂

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Group pic, serious

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Group pic, wacky!!!

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Yipes…what would you do if you saw this…?

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Okay, this got much longer than I expected. So I prepared a part deux — RPG [Part Two]. Hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen so far 🙂

BTW, pics belong to myself, f-l-o-r-i-e and our other officemates. Please do not share somewhere else, but feel free to link here…Thanks!!!

 

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Have you ever done some cosplaying or worn costumes for fun sometime or another? Feel free to share your experience and.or link us to your posts or photos!

It’s better late than never. This is the first part of my “R” post, still a part of the…

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April’s A to Z Challenge

a-to-z-challengeEarly March (or was it late February?), I made a commitment to join the A-to-Z Challenge.

I was excited that I started listing down my possible topics beforehand. At  the same time, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to make good my commitment. I had a lot of things on my mind and on my plate. Still, I accepted the challenge. I was not after new readers/followers, although that wasn’t bad at all. I just wanted to be more prolific. It was really a more personal challenge I was undertaking.

My worry came  true and now, it’s May 1 and I am several letters behind. The challenge was, for every day of April save from Sunday, there should be a post which topic corresponded with the letter from the alphabet assigned for that day. For instance, for April 1, my topic was a word that started with A. For April 2, with B. April 3, with C. And so on, you get the idea. It was easy for me at first but as days went by, it became harder to think of a topic. For other people, that would have been easy, but you don’t really know me. I like to make sure that I don’t just post for posting’s sake. It always had to be something I liked or cared about, not something haphazardly done just to have it done and over with. Not saying everyone else did that. I am only talking about myself.

But I have not given up. I am continuing with this, just a bit at my own pace. Maybe next year, I’ll be better at it. In fact, maybe I’ll already have posts planned out months before 😉

To other bloggers I met through this challenge, nice to meet you and hope to read more from you. To my fellow-bloggers who faced and finished the challenge, hats off to you! Congratulations! I hope you continue challenging yourselves 🙂