The Off Button

How was Mother’s day? I hope as you guys tweeted, took pictures, shared pictures, you really made that day count.

My friend, Pepper, observed a family who just…couldn’t find an Off Button. I’ll let his message speak for itself.

As the Thai telco ad pointed out, sometimes you have to disconnect to connect.

An Open Letter to the Family in Italliani’s

Dear Family in Italliani’s,

Yesterday, I was dining with my family at Italliani’s Greenbelt when I saw you. It was Mother’s Day, and almost everyone, your family included, was with their moms.

The point of celebrating Mother’s Day was to make the mothers of the family feel special, all warm and fuzzy inside, and for the family to show their gratitude to the woman who brought them into this world.

Yes, you were with your mom. You were with the maternal head of the family, a woman whose face showed wisdom and experience. You were with your lola. You were also with laptops, iPads, and Galaxy Tabs, and let’s not forget your iPhones and your Android devices, all of which were turned on and placed on the table. And what was lola doing? Sitting in silence and forking slowly at her salad.

Family at Italliani’s, I would have understood if you were trying to contact some relative abroad through Facebook, Skype, or Facetime. That would have made your grandmother smile. But Tetris Battle? Bejeweled? Please. You should be ashamed of yourself, not only for making this old lady feel out of place on her holiday, but for also being so rude as to use so many devices in a restaurant. This wasn’t Starbucks. You were NOT in a coffee shop, idling away and just trying to kill time. You were in a restaurant, having lunch with your lola… on Mother’s Day.

Family in Italliani’s, you deserve a high five. On the face. With a steel chair.

With much annoyance,
Pepper

[Writing Meme] Day 3: Your Favorite TV Show

I currently don’t have cable TV so I have to turn to DVDs or the internet for my TV fix. I am addicted to crime dramas, especially to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

If you’re not familiar with the series, L&O:SVU focuses on a special team in the New York Police Department tasked with investigating sex crimes.

I am one of those that enjoy criminal profiling and forensic investigation. It started with Discovery Channel’s Medical Detectives from several years back when we still had cable TV. I didn’t get into CSI because it was too glitzy, and I preferred the psychology more than the fancy laboratory toys that can track a perp from the littlest details. L&O: SVU is dark and disturbing, but most of the time delivers excellent mysteries and commanding performances. I have yet to see a crime drama top the quality of this series. The closest was Criminal Minds, up until the writer’s strike did them in during their 3rd season.

A part of me considers getting units in Criminology because of these series’, but even they advise against it. For one thing, I’m queasy. Also, these cases take a mental and emotional toll on the investigators. It’s tough enough to make the case, and to see justice served.

Part of the 30 Day Writing Meme. Next is Day 4: Your Favorite Book.

[Writing Meme] Day 01: Your Favorite Song

Don’t Rain On My Parade by Barbra Streisand

I first caught ‘Funny Girl’ on the old classic movie channel when I was much younger, but I just viewed it as a Barbra Streisand vehicle. I have heard the Streisand jokes and the horror stories, but I still admired her for being able to produce-direct-write-sing-dance. I watched ‘Funny Girl’ again after my first college heartbreak as a form of emotional masochism. ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ was always this song that stuck out, and I ended up playing the clip over and over again.

In 2009, which friends declared to be one of the worst years of their lives, the song was revived in the popular musical dramedy, ‘Glee’.

That same year I survived the end of my longest relationship, a falling out with a good friend, the end of my first steady job, and the worst storm to hit the country in years. I wasn’t in great shape, but I could have been worse. There were also happier moments had over the year, like new friends and prospects, and I grew more accepting of myself. I wasn’t going to let the worst of 2009 take that away from me.

The finale of ‘Glee’, which featured the song, premiered the same week I was confined to home because I didn’t have any money. I was mulling over my own personal travesties and sang out, “At least I didn’t fake it, hat, sir”. It has been my anthem ever since.

Part of the 30 Day Meme. Next is Day 2: Your Favorite Movie.

I solemnly swear…

This is an attempt to update more often

My biggest problem with treating this blog as my professional portfolio is that I overthink it. Overthinking this means I have abandoned this, and locked myself away with a more diarrheal blog and indulged my already horrible masturbatory tendencies. I solemnly swear that I will at least attempt to update this once a week.

In the last month: Curly Hair and Weddings, oh my!

Let’s do this in pictures for a change.

Look, curly hair!

Styling done by Mahar Mangahas Hair done by Louis Philip Kee Salon, One McKinley Place, The Fort

I have commitment issues, but Philip Kee is one of the few men I remain loyal to. I actually feel guilty when I entertain the thought of getting my hair done elsewhere. In the case of the curls, it was either that or I just get a boring old maintenance cut to my dull, fine hair. While my best friends and very critical styling advisers insisted against it, it was Philip who took the chance. I have no regrets. My hair actually has character now!

Photo by HG Studios

The curls were done in honor of the wedding of one of my other close friend’s, which I somehow agreed to plan for. It was an exhilarating experience, to say the least. Weddings in the Philippines are more about the families involved than the couple, and that formula makes for a double-edged sword. At the end of the day however, it’s all about the union between two people who have found each other. Best wishes, Joy Alano and Honey Chua!

Yes, I can do weddings. If you, or you know of anyone who would like an excellent team of wedding planners and stylists, I can round them up for you. Feel free to email me at myachi at gmail dot com.

In the meantime though, I recover. I also left my more regular job teaching Europeans over the phone, so am in the strange lull at the end of the year. I am on the lookout for new rakets and am slowly organizing my tutorial services to market properly, so here’s hoping that picks up.

On the writing front, I also also been blogging at the Materia Girl tumblr account for less serious, fandom-based musings while twittering haikus. I also have a few articles up at Vibal Publications’ Philippine Online Chronicles. Since I left my more regular job, I’m hoping to focus more on the writing. Let’s see how that turns out.

For the meantime, this is a start.