I like dogs better than cats. Save for a few felines [like my friends Sandy and Ida's cat Diego], I think they're evil. Anyway here's one more four pawed, furry creature I like. I think he's the koolest of all the kool kats.
P.s. I think the makers of the movie Alice in Wonderland are on LSD or some sort of shit like that.
Some of my favorite flicks in random unorderliness...
01. Dazed and Confused Because the real star of this movie is "Mary Jane"
02. Clerks Silent Bob is just that, silent... but he stole the show
03. Stand By Me A real road trip movie without the road [and without the wheels]
04. The Shawshank Redemption If you can "crawl through a river of shit and come out clean on the other side," then you da man
05. High Fidelity "What came first, the music or the misery? "Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"
P.s. Nauna ito sa 500 Days of Summer [The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music]
06. A Knight's Tale This middle age "sports" story truly rocks
07. Amelie Dysfunctional comedy, le French style
08. Four Weddings and a Funeral I love Andie Mcdowell
09. The Princess Bride With a killa line like this, how can you go wrong: "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die"
10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Even if you try to have your memory erased, this awesome film is hard to forget
11. Sideways It's basically about "WHINE"
12. The Truman Show Jim Carrey at his best - and he didn't even have to make funny faces
13. Jerry Maguire Cuba Gooding and his over-acting "co-star" Tom Cruise score a touchdown!
14. Zoolander For best laugh trip results, watch it when you're "under da influence"
15. 500 Days of Summer I can watch this 500 times [so far, 6 times pa lang]
16. Garden State If you love exploring the infinite abyss
17. Lucky Number Slevin All you want in an awesome movie - gangsters, hot asian chick, revenge, plot twists, killer script, and more
18. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Sort of a kiddie High Fidelity but it's also good
19. Planet Terror Why does everything Robert Rodriguez directs turn out to be so cool?
This book was my "Catcher in the Rye." Read Catcher too but I liked this one better. In fact it was one of the books I can read over and over again.
Found it at a small bookstore in Session Road Baguio sometime in the 80s.
Here's the amazon.com info:
John Powers' classic comic novel of the 1960s Catholic subculture stars Eddie Ryan, a Chicago boy who learns about the important questions in life in his years at an all-boys Catholic school on Chicago's South Side. He views it all through the prism of his Catholic mentality, which often deepens the mystery but sometimes clarifies it.
So yes, naka-relate ako.
Sadly, I lost my copy and I tried ordering thru the Amazon sub cult but it just doesn't work.
Anyway, googling it, glad to know that they made it into a musical. Hope they make it into an indie movie too.
Wala akong masusulat tungkol sa pagsasabong kasi...
... aaminin ko na. Tangina, TAKOT AKO SA MANOK! Tignan mo nga, poster ng sabong ang nilagay at hindi kodak ng dalawang nok-mang nagtutukaan. Actually, hindi lang sa manok. Sa lahat ng feathered animals, buhay o patay basta may feather. Kung dead stuffed feathered animal ka, tangena takot pa rin ako sayo. Ito lang ang mga hindi ko kinakatakutan na animal: feather duster, fried chicken, hainanese chicken, chicken adobo, nilagang manok, sinampalukang manok, ginataang manok, lechon manok, chicken inasal, tinola, at lahat ng puwede mo gawin sa patay na manok o fowl na walang feathers!
Ewan ko ba... bata palang ako takot nako. Alam ito ng mga sampits ko kaya lalo nila akong pinagtri-tripan. Sabi pa nila... paano daw kung naimbita ako sa sabong pag tanda ko. So shemps, natakot ako. Pero nung tumanda ako, naisip ko... EH BAKIT NAMAN AKO PUPUNTANG SABONG?!
Ehemplo ng pagkaduwag: isang araw sa Caliraya, kumakain kami sa isang picnic hut sabay tumakbo sa amin ng mabilis ang isang grupo ng mga chicks [hindi yung mga may boobs ha]. Quick cut to biglang nakatayo na ako sa upuan at pinagtatawan ng mga kaibigan.
Sabi pa nga ng mga kaibigan ko... baka magkaroon ng world peace kapag makayanan kong hawakan ang isang kalapati at pakawalan. Ay, huwag na lang. Ok na sa akin ang ganitong mundo.
Akala ko weirdo nako. Pero sumaya ako nung malaman ko na hindi lang pala ako ang ganito. May mga 3 akong kilala akong takot din sa mga feathered shit. At normal lang siguro to kasi ginoogle ko kung anung phobia eto so eto lumabas... Ornithophobia or the fear of birds. Alektorophobia or fear of chicken [shit]. Ayan. May naimbentong word kaya ibig sabihin madaming tao ang katulad ko.
So ok lang magkaroon ng phobia diba?! Lahat naman may kinakatakutan eh. May takot sa multo... takot sa spiders... sa butiki... daga... cockroach... bakla... biyenan... asawa.
Anyway, theory ng dati kong boss --- baka daw mala Braveheart type of warrior ako sa past life at nung malapit nako mamatay sa field of battle, chinibog ako ng mga vulture. Parang ayoko maniwala kasi duwag ako. Kung may gera, magtatago nalang ako. Teka, chicken ang tawag dun diba?
Nakikinig ako sa glam rock kapag  nagro-roadtrip at  nagda-drive pauwi habang lasheng. Sobrang cheesy kasi ng kanta kaya nagigising ako. At bagay siya habang yumo-yosi. So eto ang glamrakenrol playlist ko sa Ipod...
angel eyes by steel heart until you suffer some by poison i saw red by warrant life goes on by poison love of a lifetime by firehouse heaven by warrant when i look into your house - warrant something to believe in - poison i remember you - skid row every rose has its thorn - poison til death do us part - white lion always - bon jovi don't cry - guns n roses dream - firehouse here i go again - whitesnake patience - guns n roses never say goodbye - bon jovi i'll be there for you - bon jovi i won't forget you- poison when the children cry - white lion is this love - whitesnake wait - white lion november rain - guns n roses bed of roses - bon jovi
Unsubcultured ako ng mas bata ako kasi dati akala ko, eto na yung tinatawag na heavy metal. The only thing glam rock is heavy on is cheese.
 you find TV commercial models who play mommies cute  cute young girls call you "sir" or address you with a "po"  you go home at 5 am and then you're awake by 9 am  you begin to sleep in bars  everyone... I mean EVERYONE is faster than you when playing sports  tinatagayan ka na ng anak ng kaibigan mo  you party like a folk singer [as opposed to partying like a rockstar]
Score the latest, hottest, trendiest rashguards and boardshorts.
Buy lots of surf brand stickers and put them everywhere on your S.U.V. Even if you're just starting or haven't tried surfing yet, buy a shortboard and not a longboard.
Learn this hand sign and do it every time you pose for a picture.
Hang out on the beach with your board, and have your picture taken. It helps if you use that surfer hand signal. Just like this duuude...
Carry your board around the beach... just bring it anywhere you go.
When drinking on the shoreline, bring a music player and play booming reggae music.
Enhance your vocab by incorporating these phrases: "the swell is coming in Thursday..." or "I think the wave is closing out..." or "Did you see me barrel?" You don't have to know the meaning... just say it.
Now, you're on way to way to becoming a full pledged poser, brah. Remember, you heard it first from a full-pledged "unsurfer" like me.
Been listening to UpDharmaDown since their first album...
But I've only seen them perform live at "the place formerly known as Embassy" a few weeks ago. [oks pala ang lugar na yun kung walang tao, walang saksakan, walang barilan, at walang social climbing party people].
Beer in one hand. Yosi on the other. Downdharmaups in front. Tangena hayop.
[was supposed to send this years ago to the PUA board guys for the website, but didn't]
The Ultimate History of Pinoy Disc [“Unofficially” seen through my eyes… and if I can still remember anything… hic.]
As of this writing, I am now the longest playing active member of Philippine Ultimate.
I first learned of Ultimate when I was still a young old fart [read: 32]. I was then a wannabe slash trying-hard Flag Football player who in more than a year of playing never scored a touchdown even during pick up games. Little did I know that my so-called athletic career would take off in a different, much cooler sport.
BACK IN THE DAY... It was a century ago… September, 26 1999 to be exact when I first played the game I love the most. I heard that some people turned throwing and catching a Frisbee into a sport… and they played Sunday afternoons at the Urdaneta Park. I was curious… so I dropped by and was warmly welcomed by around 8-10 players, most of them expats. In those days, Ultimate was as alien to Pinoys as [for lack of a better example] Cricket and Aussie Rules Rugby.
We played 5-6 aside with just one sub… and during that time THAT WAS THE ENTIRE PHILIPPINE DISC COMMUNITY. O.K., maybe I’m exaggerating. Anyway, on my first pick up game, I scored 2 points and even assisted on 1 score. Wow… an equal opportunity sport for non-athletes, weekend warriors, athletes, alcoholics, smokers, and people who just wanted to have fun. The gods of Flag Football and Basketball weren’t this good to me. So I was hooked on Ultimate. Probably for life.
Just to raise the level of competition, our small community of disc addicts had hat tournaments once in a while. We played at Sanlo, Ateneo, the British School and at the Ascom field at the Fort. There were always 3 or 4 teams that were formed and we would hold our parties at the home of an expat who was generous enough to let a bunch of rabid party animals ruin the furniture.
Our first ever league had teams named after colors – Yellow Fever [first league champs], Red Pirates, the Blackheads [my team] and the pink team called themselves… [to all you youngsters out there, here’s a piece of trivia you should never forget – the Breakfast Club is the only surviving team from the first league… only goes to show you beer drinkers never die, they just mutate into alcoholics.]
POPULATION EXPLOSION Then the inevitable happened. Players started inviting friends, acquaintances, relatives, classmates, strangers, bums, people they met in bars, even their FBs. The number of players swelled before my very eyes. And as the community grew, so did the level of competition. Leaving me to utter the words “I miss playing not so competitive pick up.”
LIKE THE ENERGIZER BUNNY, WE’RE STILL GOING From Sunken Garden to Sanlo Park, Alabang to Davao, Espana to Cuenca, Urdaneta to Iloilo, Bora to Isabela. the disc just keeps on flying. Now, we have expats, bankers, mountaineers, ex-college athletes, lawyers, tri-athletes, basketball players, single moms, students, bums and more playing the game.
And that’s what I love about Ultimate – you may come from different backgrounds and teams, but you’re just part of a big, round, spinning universe.
The "sometimes-I-surprise-myself" list of my favorite Fbook status messages
My feet are in dencios... my hand is on a beer... my head is in space... my heart is on the beach...
O.M.G im a G.O.M.
papasok pa lang pero gusto na umuwi
Dances w/ wolves + the last samurai + the matrix + pocahontas + robocop + lord of the rings = avatar
you're so vain, you probably think this twit is about you
my diet is Cafe By the Ruined
You know its trapik when you can log on to facebook on your cel while driving and make a really long status message like this shit
thinks he's drunk, unless his alcohol content says otherwise
Now I know why I'm not married. Enough people are nagging me everyday.
succumbed to beer pressure
Kakulay ng shirt ko yung toilet duck liquid sa cr. hassels
Too many packing volunteers is a good thing.
Naalala mo yung pa-cool na tshirt na binili mo samidnight madness? O yung masikip na shorts na nakuha mo sa kris kringle last year? O yung baduy na long sleeves na pasalubong sayo ng DOM na tito mo? O yung lonta na ineregalo sayo ng dati mong gf o bf? Wag na hintayin mabulok sa cabinet mo ang mga yan! Those clothes ...can warm a flood survivor's day. Donate to ABS-CBN SAGIP KAPAMILYA Sct Bayoran beside Alex III, QC
anignat 24 okan
To paraphrase Katy Perry: "i saw a girl kiss a girl... And i liked it...
Definition of a hangover: when the alcohol molecules are having too much fun partying in your system and they don't want to leave
the only thing i like about harry potter is the first syllable on his family name.
Imaginary Heavenly conversation: Francism: welcome to the great hood in the sky my soul brotha... MJ: But you're not black... you're brown. Francism: Hey, you ain't black too... you're white
says give Michael Phelps a break. He may be a swimmer but maybe he really wants to fly.
"wala pa nung FHM, wala pa nung MAXIM. Wala pa nung UNO or MANUAL, mero nang TIKTIK"
Damn surfers. It’s always about them. Open a local glossy or the lifestyle section of a newspaper and you’re sure to see an article about surfing or an interview with a “famous” wave rider. On TV, you also see them in sports shows and commercials. What about boogers?! I mean… BODY BOARDERS. We want to be heard too! So in the next article get ready for an interview you’ve never seen or read before. Fed up with all the attention surfers have been getting, Gab goes one-on-one with a long time sponger. Yep get ready for really really really deep insights as I interview… who else but… MYSELF!
BOOGER THE “SCHIZO” INTERVIEW
GAB: Let’s start from the beginning… nung 31 year old grommet ka pa!
GAB TOO: Yep, better late than never! Started mid October ’99. My friend and I went Daet to learn how to surf. But then we ended up bodyboarding dahil kay Cisco. I’m putting the blame squarely on Kuya Cis.
GAB: Wow, that was like a century ago.
GAB TOO: Yep, I have been hanging out long enough…. to see Kawkaw and the gang play with kalapati and RC cars… to eat at Anna Tricia’s, which was the original name of Urbiztondo Grill… to surf Pundaquit when it was still a so called “secret spot”… to experience a weekend in Baler out of touch with the rest of the world because there was no mobile phone signal then.
GAB: And unfortunately, old enough to be called Uncle Gab.
GAB TOO: Yeah… I may be older but I don’t necessarily set a good example hehehe. Also, at least I’m not the oldest. So a big thank you to the older longboarders out there.
GAB: So how big is bodyboarding in the Pines today?
GAB TOO: Really [CENSORED] big! Check the numbers… probably 2 in Baler, around 10-15 in Zambales, maybe 1 or 2 in Daet, around 4 in Manila. Laki diba? That’s why ang dami palaging stocks ng bodyboard sa mga surfshop. Hindi nauubos!
GAB: Wow, ang dami nga!
GAB TOO: Hindi lang yon! In La Union, bodyboards are the board rental of choice when you have nothing better to do in the water. It’s also good for skimboarding, doorstoppers, surfboard rests, and for just sitting on the beach if you don’t want gray sand up your ass.
GAB: So why be a sponger when everyone else is a surfer?
GAB TOO: Somebody has to do it!
Also… katamaran and practicality. Boogie boards are more portable. Just put it inside your bag [plug: salamat Bjorn para sa astig na made to order Fluid boardbag!], and throw it inside your trunk. Hassle kasi I-strap pa sa taas ng auto when leaving Manila. And when you’re in surfspot, hassle ulit to strap the surfboard again to go to another surfspot. Plus, when riding public transpo like a bus, a jetplane or a tricycle, boogie boards are easier to carry and store.
GAB: Yun lang… babaw mo naman?
GAB TOO: Kanya-kanyang trip lang yan pare. You get stoked too! Plus parang superman ang dating mo sa tubig. At eto pa… mas madaming radical moves ang bodyboarding kaysa sa surfing!
GAB: So kaya mo mag EL ROLLO, TUBE, REVERSE SPIN, DROP KNEE, AIR ROLLO, AIR ROLL SPIN, BACK FLIP, GYROLL, etc?!
GAB TOO: Unfortunately I only have 5 “awesome” moves, drop, drop-in [sorry surfers], left, right and wipe-out. The spongers of Barrio Barretto who surf in Pundaquit are better examples of body boarders with moves.
GAB: So di ka puwede maging team rider?
GAB TOO: Puwede pa rin! When Team Tanduay and/or SMB calls, I’m ready!
GAB: So what do you consider your biggest achievements as a sponger?
GAB TOO: Hmmm… let me see… too many to tell. Here are some: Drinking Tanduay from afternoon to night in LU… trying to survive drinking with some of the Baler boys… traveling alone on a non-aircon bus from Manila to Daet… writing a rap on my celphone while baked at a party in Zamba… surviving a weekend of un-surfing because I got hit on the lip by a longboard… drinking and getting wasted on a bus stop in La Union… drinking and driving on road trips… surviving a 9 hour bus trip to LU thanks to sleeping pills… inventing the recipe for Skyfish… discovering the JACAGA star in the LU night sky… Genesis bus getting stuck in the Sierra Madres on my first trip to Baler… being called “Kap” by surfers [pag tinawag ka nang Kap, yun na yun!]… and of course being one of the founding members of the Bodyboard Association of the Pines.
GAB: Aba, may grupo pala kayo na parang MSA at LUSC. Ilan kayong members sa BBAP?
GAB TOO: Madami! Kaming dalawa ni Ter plus mga honorary members. BUT they don’t know about it yet.
GAB: So what do you enjoy about surfing?
GAB TOO: A lot! Drinking, sound tripping, smoking and chismising on road trips… discovering secret spots like the German inspired Treats sa Petron sa may Pangasinan… tambay sa beach…
GAB: Hello, I said so what do you enjoy about surfing?
GAB TOO: But that’s all part of the experience!
I also like it when I’m with my friends in the line-up. I am the only booger among a school of longboarders, shortboarders… not to mention jellyfishers. It’s all quiet except for a few smart alecks cracking jokes and some people who sing or talk to themselves. There’s a soundtrack playing in your head… puwedeng last song syndrome like a Bonjovi tune… or your latest favorite hit. Then the sets come. And one by one they ride out. Finally, I catch one too and then you feel the plak, plak plak of your board against the wave. The ride’s so great and you get that rush… and paddle as fast as you can back to the line up. Getting back you see your surfer friends smile and give you a thumbs up sign. Yeah, it’s a great feeling.
And then you go back to the shore and enjoy your “stokedness” with a cigarette and a bottle of beer while the sun goes down. Nothing beats that.
GAB: I had a great time talking to you Gab! Very enlightening. But we should not do this anymore or we might end up like that local attorney guy who hangs out around the beach in San Juan.
So to end this thing kasi ang daldal-daldal mo na… describe body boarding in just one phrase.
SPONGER GAB: BODYBOARDING: Same shit. Different Board