South to North to South Weekend

Yesterday, I traveled basically from one end of Metro Manila to the other, and even went so far as to reach its outskirts. But I had fun anyway so it was completely worth it. 🙂 Anyway, here’s the story.

Celebrity Sighting / Sitting

Here’s something strange about the Philippines. Artists (except those in showbiz) don’t get paid very well. And when I say artists, I’m including writers. Even the good ones. I mean, unless you’re of National Artist status, chances are, what you earn from your works is very little. I guess a good thing about this is that it keeps you grounded. The bad thing is that you can’t do what you love full time and you need to have other sources of income. But I digress. I really want to tell you that yesterday, while in the jeepney on my way to UP Diliman, I sat next to somebody famous. Guess who?

DH! (Haha, I’m not spelling out his name. Iwas Google, baka mabasa niya ito at sabihin ang stalker ko!) Who is DH? He’s a somewhat famous local author. OK, he’s not that famous (unfortunately), but he’s a Palanca winner and one of my favorites. His works are mostly sci-fi/thriller/fantasy and his publisher is the same publisher of Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah and the Kikomachine series. Anyway, I think he’s a really really good writer and basically, I would kill to have an imagination like his. Haha!

So yeah, I was really surprised and excited when he suddenly boarded the very jeepney I was in! He was probably on his way to the Komikon, just like I was. But he passed by the McDonald’s at Philcoa first, probably to meet some friends/fellow writers who are also going to the Komikon. And no, I don’t know this because I followed him after he got out of the jeepney. Honest! I really didn’t follow him! I’m really not a stalker! I really didn’t walk a few meters behind him to see where he was going. Really! Hehehe…

Komikon 2010

So, I’ve been going to the Komikon since it started in 2005. Although I’ve been attending less and less events every year, and have been staying for a shorter period of time. Yesterday for example, I was only at the Komikon for a total of… 1 hour. And I spent about 15 minutes of that hour in the girls’ restroom, wiping off sweat from my face because this year’s summer is just so hot! But yeah, I was there for only a short period of time. Why? Because spending more time in there would’ve made me bankrupt, that’s why! I swear, going to the Komikon is one of those events where you lose your money real fast! And although it’s in exchange of good comic books, it still makes me a little sad when I realize that after only an hour, my wallet is already empty, save for the money that I would need to get home. And here I thought I was prepared for it this year, unlike the last time. I guess I was wrong.

But although I only stayed for an hour, I got what I came there for — Manix Abrera’s 12, and Elbert Or’s Lola: A Ghost Story. And I got them both autographed. 😀 So I don’t think I wasted my time, going all the way to UP Diliman from my house in Las Piñas, only to stay for less than the time I traveled to get there.

No pictures though. I brought my camera but completely forgot to take pictures. But actually, I still feel a bit awkward asking for pictures. I mean, I know the artists are nice and all that, but somehow I feel like I’m being too much of a nuisance if I ask for a picture. I mean, they’re already signing autographs for you and you ask for more?

The Rooster and The Red Skirt

So another reason I stayed at the Komikon for only an hour is because I actually had another place to go to yesterday. I was going to visit my godson and his mom (my very good friend X). And since they lived in San Pedro, Laguna, I knew had to leave Quezon City early, if I was going to make it to their place during the daytime (haha).

So I actually arrived at the Komikon at 10AM, just as soon as it opened, met with my best friend E, bought some comic books, said hello to some friends, and then left at around 11AM. We passed by Toy Kingdom at SM Makati to buy a gift for my godson (which I’ll tell you about later), and then took a bus to Laguna at around 12nn. But because of traffic, (may banggaan sa Skyway!) we got there at 3PM. But anyway, during all this commuting, I got to sit next to a rooster, and hate a bus company for using my high school uniform for curtains :mad:. No, seriously. I even have pictures to prove it (though I only used my camera phone so they’re not very clear):

Man with rooster, sitting beside me in the jeepney.
Bus curtains are the same pattern/cloth as my high school uniform.
Bus curtains are the same pattern/cloth as my high school uniform.

So my school has changed its uniform around 4 years ago (I think), so they don’t use that cloth anymore, but still, it’s a bit upsetting to see. 😦

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a picture of the car crash that caused us delay. But who wants to see another car crash, anyway?

My Godson!

Happy afternoon! I’m really not very good with kids, but I do like them when they’re kids of my friends/relatives (haha call me biased). So I really enjoy visiting my friend X and just playing with her son, A. Anyway, she says that A has been extra bratty lately because this summer is just too hot! I completely understand because I’m being a brat because of the heat, too. Haha! So I bought them an inflatable pool! (Yes, this was the gift I passed by Toy Kingdom for.)

I’ve run out of words now so I’ll just let the pictures tell you the story.

My friend X and my godson A
A, impatiently waiting for the pool to get inflated. E, trying his best to inflate said pool.
A fills the pool up with water himself

Unable to contain his excitement, A jumps in the pool even before it was filled up with enough water

All in all a great weekend. I love weekends. And if only I didn’t like Shakespeare so much, I would totally find a way to contradict this quote:

If all the year were playing holidays; To sport would be as tedious as to work.” – King Henry IV, William Shakespeare

Komikon 2009 Tomorrow!

And I’m not going. 😦

Since Komikon is usually during the 3rd weekend of October, it coincides with my dad’s birthday, and so for this year, I’m going to Bicol with my family instead. Not that I’m complaining. I haven’t been to Bicol since 1997, and I’m really quite excited. 🙂 Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Kahit medyo nakakatakot.

Then again, the Komikon this year will be in Megamall instead of the usual UP Bahay ng Alumni, so maybe the attendants will be more mainstream people, and there will be more people in cosplay. So it’s probably a good thing that I’m not going. HAHA. Sorry for the meanness. Actually, inggit lang talaga ako sa mga makakapunta at makakapagpa-autograph ng mga bagong komiks sa mga magagaling na artists. Plus, parang maraming magandang bagong release ngayon. Sana ‘yung mga kaibigan kong pupunta na makabasa nito, bilhan din ako ng mga komiks na binili nila. *hint*hint* 😉

Well actually, pwede naman siguro ako manghiram na lang, para hindi na rin ako gagastos. After all, hindi ganun karami ang pera ko, at hindi ganun karami ang oras ko para magbasa. Ang katotohanan, ‘yung mga komiks na binili ko from last year’s Komikon, hindi ko pa nababasa lahat. But I have another reason for that, other than my alleged busy schedule. Kasi minsan, sina-save ko talaga ‘yung mga feeling ko magandang libro. Para mababasa ko siya at just the right time. ‘Yung tipong ‘pag depressed ako and I need something to cheer me up, then I’ll at least have an issue of Kikomachine that I haven’t read yet, so matatawa pa ako sa mga jokes. Or ‘pag feeling mushy ako, then at least meron pa’kong chick lit ni Meg Cabot na hindi ko pa nabasa (ok hindi ito komiks, but you get the concept, right?).

Which reminds me, parang maganda sigurong magdala ako ng libro sa Bicol. I know my sister’s coming with us (yehey!!) so I’ll always have someone to talk to 🙂 pero paano kung tulog na siya tapos ako hindi pa inaantok (which is very often)? I’ll need a book to keep me occupied. 🙂

Ok sige na, panic mode na’ko actually because I haven’t packed ANYTHING yet and we’re supposed to leave at 6am, samantalang 2am na ngayon. Last minute packer is me. Always always always. Tapos sulat pa’ko nang sulat ng kung anu-ano sa blog. Weh.

So Broke!

Believe it or not, the next two statements are absolutely true (I swear on my life they are):

1. I have only Php64.81 left in my bank account.
2. The money that my wallet currently contains is Php42.00.

So I have a total of Php106.81 left before the next payday. (Although, I technically can’t withdraw the 64 pesos in my bank account since the minimum for withdrawal is Php500.) 😥

The reason? Oh you know, just some things essential to life, like food and… comic books.

Yesterday was the 4th Annual Komikon. And I lost all my money buying comics! 😥 Huhuhuhu…

The saddest thing is that I wasn’t even able to buy all the comic books that I wanted! Because unfortunately, I already didn’t have that much money to begin with (I’m blaming it on Starbucks and their stupid stupid mainstream consumer-driven evil schemes!), so I had to pick only the ones that I really really liked. So there. Even though I didn’t splurge, I still ended up broke. 😥 And that’s why I’m bitter.

But money matters aside, yesterday was actually a really fun day. I always have fun at the Komikon. 🙂 Dare I say it’s my favorite geek convention. Even if it is held in the far away land of Quezon City (No offense to those who live there, but I’m a Southern girl at heart!). Or that actually might be the reason why I like it so much. With such a small venue (It’s at the UP Bahay ng Alumni, in case you didn’t know), and a small number of attendees (Okay, I’m aware that there were probably a couple thousand of people there, but it’s still not as many as the attendees of other events, e.g. the Hero Con, OZine fest, etc.), and no cosplay (Again, no offense to cosplayers. I love cosplay, but some cosplayers are just waaaayy too showbiz.), the event becomes more intimate, and it gets to really focus on the art, rather than the sales. 🙂 I love how famous artists become normal people in the Komikon in the sense that you can just find them anywhere. I mean, sure, for a long time, they’re sitting at their tables and writing autographs, but they eventually go around and buy comics themselves, and talk to a lot of the fans. Being able to come up to someone like Arnold Arre and just say “Hi I love your work, and can I get your autograph?” is really something.

I was also able to meet a couple of people–friends, old and new. My high school friends from Mangaholix weren’t there at all because they attended the Hero Con (which happened to be on the same day) instead, but the people at the Mangaholix booth were pretty good acquaintances of mine, so I was able to hang out at their booth still. Yay! I was pleasantly surprised to see Kristofferson, my high school friend, who said that he was there simply because he missed the comics. (Me too!) He was one of the people I went with to the first Komikon back in 2005. We went to sell an independent comic. I helped set up the booth and everything! 🙂 Well, my friends have come a long way– from being a table in the Indie Tiangge, to being a Major Sponsor of the event. Congratulations to them! 😀

And I met some new people too–Markus, who I only used to know from his blog (and I’m still sorry I wasn’t able to buy their Bayan Knights, I’d run out of money by the time I found their table. 😦 ), and lots of others whom I found out were friends of my friends. Syeri was there too (well of course, she’s the organizer!) and gave me a limited edition of the Darna comics for free! Okay, she gave them as a prize, but the “trivia” question I answered was so easy, I really didn’t work for it. 😀

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any pictures. I didn’t bring my camera because I’m a paranoid freak, and my cellphone camera isn’t very good. Plus I was alone most of the time so there wasn’t really anyone I could ask to take a picture of me. That’s actually what’s most different for me this time, since I used to go to the Komikon with at least 5 friends, and when I got there I would know most everyone, but now I went with, well, zero friends. But I guess that’s why I was able to meet all those new people. And as everyone keeps telling me, it’s always good to make new friends. 🙂 So hopefully I did make some new ones, and if I didn’t, well it was nice crossing paths with them for one day. 🙂

Now all I have to do is earn back the money I spent, and I don’t know, ask my parents for money in the mean time? How pathetic is that?! And just to drive my point home, I’ll tell you the story of how I got so embarrassed at the food stands:

So I was hungry and wanted to buy a hotdog. I asked the girl selling them how much one hotdog sandwich was.

“Seventy,” she said.

My first reaction was, Holy cow that’s an expensive hotdog! (Okay, it’s that expensive because they’re technically frankfurters). I only had a hundred bucks left in my wallet then, and was saving that for my trip home (Sa Las Piñas pa’ko nauwi!), so I knew I couldn’t afford it and had to tell her, “Ah, sige. Babalik na lang ako,” like I was in a department store trying on a pair of shoes that I realized didn’t look good on my feet. 😳

Yeah. I should never go out without any money again. Or if I ever do, it better be with a really really rich friend. Hehehehe. See ‘ya all next time! 😀