The Story Must Go On

Irate Customer - Poor Smart Bro Service

Are you !@#$%^& kidding me?

And it is already 3:43 here and internet is still unavailable. Smart must be having a technical problem since Liz tried to call them earlier to inquire about the situation and she was unable to connect to them. Hey, our internet service just got expired hell like that without us being able to maximize it yesterday past midnight up until earlier this afternoon. Smart would be unreasonable if they won’t be able to at least compensate us for this inconvenience right? On the other hand, this gave me the time and opportunity to finish up what I started before New Year’s Eve. Moving on with my story…

It was almost 9 in the evening when we met with my cousin and his girl. We had our dinner at Tokyo Café We headed back to the Mega Trade Hall area since my cousin wanted to take advantage of the impressive deals that was being offered there for shoes and clothing.

I know. I know. I know. This should have been finished or wrapped up for the past few I don’t know how long it should have been. Oh well. Haha. Pretty preoccupied with a lot of things to be quite honest. Anyway, I remember when the toycon took place and some corrections; it was actually the second time that we met with my cousin and his girl. And it was two days before my birthday last year which would be June 18th. And we had our dinner at the Kebab Factory at that time before going back to the megatrade hall area since my cousin was interested in taking advantage of some good deals available there. Unfortunately, we did not have much luck since it was already closing time. On the brighter side of things my cousin was able to get past through and bought me and my girl an Angry Bird hat, the red one, and something for his girlfriend. We went to Trinoma afterwards and spent the remaining evening at Starbucks talking and joking around. Well, I was the one who was playing around most. You could read the details of the evening here.

Double Date

L-R: Geym, Kath, Liz, Angry Bird

It was around July when we started watching a variety of Kamen Rider series. We first watched Kamen Rider Den-O which we got from my friend Rei. He recommended that it was a good start. Then it was followed by the OVAS, Kamen Rider Kabuto, Kamen Rider Decade and Kamen Rider OOOs. I wouldn’t say I am a fan of the series but I’ve always been interested in the Kamen Rider series. The only one that I was able to watch when I was a kid was Kamen Rider Black which was aired on Channel 13. Unfortunately, they were not able to finish the series on TV so it left me and probably a number of Kamen Rider Black fans hanging. And since we now have access to such series online, I decided to take the opportunity to watch these series to my heart’s content. Great thing that Liz enjoys watching it too!

Kamen Rider Den O - Ore sanjou!

"Ore sanjou!"

A Recount of My Experiences Back in Year 2011: Part 2

And I am back. Before anything else, I’d like to sincerely apologize if the previous blog post is cut ungracefully. Unfortunately, I was no longer able to continue writing at that time because I got preoccupied with a lot of things (more on those later). Anyway, there is actually no internet connection as of the moment and I thought that this would be a good time to continue where I left off.

So, where was I last year? Yeah, I intend to finish my recount of last year and add a bit to it. Moving forward, sometime around June I was able to pick up an unusual pet (for some), a toad. It was when I was on buying some filtered water at a water station near our house. I noticed a couple of children making a fuss over something underneath a sidecar’s wheel. I looked into it further and noticed a toad, almost at the verge of being run over by the parked sidecar (For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a sidecar/pedicab is basically a pedal tricycle. Don’t know if I described it right. ) Being the eccentric person that I am when it comes to the choice of pets, felt pity over the poor thing. Good thing some guy picked it up and carried it by the straw rope which was tied to one of the toad’s legs. He scolded the children to stop toying with it. He eventually tied the other end of the straw rope to one of the railings nearby. After picking up the refilled water container, I went ahead and looked at it again. The man noticed me taking interest and asked me if I wanted to take it instead. I nodded my head and the man untied the straw rope and handed over it to me. I happily took it and brought it home. As usual, it caused a commotion at home (Well, only with my late mom) since I brought another (yet again) unusual pet.

Me and my dad placed the toad inside a cage for the time being. FYI: That cage was originally the cage for the hamster pets that we had a year ago. However, I decided to eventually set the toad loose since I was unable to feed the toad properly anyway. The thing was, I set the toad loose at our dirty kitchen. I was confident that it would be able to feed itself there. And I was right. 🙂

Frog in the kitchen

"Ribbit!"

At the same time, it was also around June that we were forced to confine my mom to the hospital. She was diagnosed with cancer and only has a couple of months to live. Unfortunately, the illness was at its later stages and can no longer be cured. We were distraught. But then again, was there any other direction to go but forward? I had to admit that I was not close to my mom or anything but I thought that dying in such a manner was too much. She got out of the hospital around July where she spent her remaining days with us at home. If there was also one painful thought in my mind during those days, it was the pain of the person who was aware of her fate but was still praying to God for hope. That feeling sucked. And the thought made me cry at times. And I hate it. As much as possible, I didn’t want to express such emotions. But well, that is how the world works right?

I couldn’t remember when exactly this event took place but me and my girl’s first meeting with my cousin, Geym’s girlfriend was fantastic. It was a Sunday and me and Liz went to megamall at around seven in the evening. Before meeting up with them, we went up to the convention that was taking place at the mega trade hall area. Good thing Liz has her camera with her and she was able to take a lot of pictures of cosplayers who were wandering around the vicinity. But of all those cosplayers, I could not help notice a girl wearing a pink wig and dressed up like a typical Japanese idol. I asked Liz to take pictures of her since I found her really cute and pretty. I suggested that it would be great if Liz could also blog about the event, particularly the girl who we later realized was cosplaying the Japanese vocaloid, Luka Megurine. Liz also asked for the girl’s name and her email address so she could get in touch with her after she finishes her blog about her. There was also a trio of “domo” girls who we took a picture of. You can check out www.wordyliz.com as well for Liz’s article about the event – Toycon 2011, Angry Bird and a Double Date.

Marty as Luka Megurine

Marty as Luka Megurine

Happy New Year! Lessons Learned…

I am back. After taking the time to greet all the people around me, my pets at home, and some good friends, I went ahead and just went outside for a while to watch some fireworks. I did not really stay outside too long since I was busy finishing this. Furthermore, I am allergic to thick smoke unfortunately. Times like this I miss my girl since we usually take pictures of the fireworks and have a great time together but it’s okay. 🙂

So, where was I? Ah, there. Well, moving forward. It was also during those times that I have been considering playing Cawblade in Magic: The Gathering. At that time, Cawblade was the dominant deck in Standard. The thing was I don’t usually play the best deck. Another was that I did not have a play set of Jace, the Mindsculptor and the thing was, JTMS was essential in the Caw. The (not-so) funny thing was that when I decided to play Cawblade because I was able to obtain a play set of JTMS, the blue planeswalker got the axe along with his artificer buddy, Stoneforge Mystic. In case you are interested about that story, you can check it here. And come to think of it, it was actually my birthday when good ol’ Jace got banned. Some birthday gift I got. Haha. It is okay in a sense that I can’t do anything about it right? The lesson learned after those incidents were to play the cards that you invest on.

Jace The Mind Sculptor Got Banned

Image source: houseofsixten.com

After Jace got the axe, I got discouraged playing the Caw and switched to Splinter Twin. And it was a great experience! I and my girlfriend were able to play well despite using our decks the first time on a tourney at the CQ Academies held in Padis Point, Sky Garden at SM North Edsa. Liz actually made it top four with her RDW while I on the other hand was just a couple of match ups away from getting in the top eight. It was nice regardless. Especially that it was just our first time to play there.

Around April when I was still employed in another contact center, I met up some nice people. One of them was a tattoo artist named Monx. He invited me to get a tattoo myself. I told Liz about it and the next thing we know is that each of us has our own tattoos! Mine was the planeswalker symbol on my nape while Liz’s on the other hand was a combination of Magic: The Gathering past expansions located just behind her shoulders. It was not really painful and Monx was really surprised that the wound healed faster than usual. Unfortunately for Liz, it took the whole one week timeframe that Monx advised her. Frankly, I am interested in getting another one but that would be sometime away.

Unfortunately, we were not able to fly to Singapore around the first week of June to participate in the Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tourney that was being held there. This was due to the fact that I was still a trainee during those times in the contact center that I applied for. I admit I regret not taking the trip and risking my employment. Not to mention the fact that I eventually got dropped sometime September from the program. Lesson learned: Attend such events and take the risk. Forget about your employment status. It will not make you happy all the time. Such events are rare these days. Do something exciting, something that you don’t normally do in your everyday life.

Airplane Taking Off

Noooooo! Wait for us!

That wraps up the first part of my year 2011 recount.