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Saturday, July 8, 2006

Hey there guys! Do you smell what The Mask is cookin?

Well tis week was fine. Yesterday, I met some old faces while going to school and while going home from school. I also met some of my former teachers in high school last Saturday after watching the play "Doubt". (And yes, takeshi takumi. The play's name was, in fact, "Doubt".)

Speaking of "Doubt", the play was really good. For an infrequent stage play viewer (with "Doubt" being the first non-school sponsored stage play he has ever seen), I have to say that I was impressed by the story, the acting, their use of minimalism (not having many props but still managing to tell the story), the "humor breaks", and, most especially, the accent. The actors were Filipinos, so when I heard them talk in a Brooklyn accent, I was like, "Whoa!"

In Religious Education class, we had this presentation on the story "Life As A Hero's Journey". The other groups had a crazy cheerleader performance (where, ironically, the straight guy was doing most, if not all, of the damn cheerleading instead of his female companions) and a rap performance (which was amusing, especially since it was one of our resident smart guy that did the rapping). For our group, we had an original song presentation. I think ours was the best of all the performances, because we did it well and we really got a huge pop (applause) from our class. Our teacher even gave us a very high 1.1 grade. Maybe it was because of the use of cute Nursery Rhyme tunes combined with original lyrics created by you-know-who.

I'm already in Chapter 18 in "Have A Nice Day!", the old Mick Foley book I bought a week ago. I gotta say I really enjoyed reading the novel. Enjoyed it so much that I didn't give a damn if was a heel these days. Reading it also makes me wish he would start updating "Foley is Blog", which had never been updated for exactly one month already.

My anime article progress is 0%. I'm so busy with college that I can't have time to make one. It's also because of my busy college life that I can't get to watch a lot anime anymore these days. Either that, or there's just no anime that interests me these days.

Rememeber our little song performance in Religious Education class. Well that's gonna be TODAY'S SPECIAL. It's Christian-related, okay. And I'm only gonna show 2 out of the 5 jingles so as not to make this post damn long. Well here goes.

SONG # 1
(Tune: Jack and Jill)
There's a reason why we're here
And living in this planet
The reason is for us to know
The reason why we have life
La la la la la la la (4x)
The reason why we have life

SONG # 2
(Tune: Old McDonald)
Trials will be in our way
For the Lord God wants us to grow
So we must endure, so we must endure
Here's a test, there's a test
Everywhere a test-test
Trials will be in our way

I think I know what you're thinking right now. "What the hell is a test-test?!"

By the way, today's subject was taken from a line that Cherie Gil said in the post-presentation open forum of "Doubt". Dunno if these were the actual words but I guess it's close enough.

Anyway, that's all I can say. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Friday, June 30, 2006

Hello guys! Do you smell what The Mask is cookin'?

Hmm...it seems I haven't been posting for quite some time. Blame it on my college life...and my computer's crazy Internet connection.

Well, nothing much happened on the days that passed. I attended a university-sponsored concert, but I didn't really enjoy it that much (save for some reggae music) because I wasn't familiar with the songs. Then we had numerous orientations, and then the beginning of class discussions.

Oh, and did you know that our Psychology teacher just made her first appearance to us this week? She happened to be the last teacher to make her first appearance in our class. And it's quite ironic to know that we are Psychology majors, yet we have never started any discussions in Psychology. According to the officials, they ran out of teachers, thus the delay. Well...don't know what to say about that.

Anyway, I just arrived from the mall after doing a little shopping. And guess what I bought? It's none other than Mick Foley's autobiography, "Have A Nice Day!". (Thus the title of today's post.) It's really great to finally buy this rare book, and it's even greater to buy it at a relatively low price. Maybe it's because it's quite old already, so they included it in the book sale.

By the way, tomorrow morning I'll be going to yet another orientation (it's for the Guidance Counseling). Then in the afternoon, I'll be watching a stage play featuring Filipino artists Cherie Gil and TJ Trinidad (those guys in the Filipino TV drama "Gulong ng Palad", if you Pinoys know what I mean). The stage play will be for my Literature subject.


Here's a little proverb I learned from Literature class:
A rotten mango rots the rest.

That's all I can say. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Hey there guys! Do you smell what The Mask is cookin'?

This week was my first week in college. My college, by the way, is USC. It was fun, especially with the crazy welcome party they prepared exclusively for Psychology students. I met new people, and had a tour on the big campus. Not too many old faces, though.

By the way, remember that thing with me being in Block D, thus making me yellow on the first day? Well, on the second day, I realized that they made a mistake when my schedule didn't match the schedule of my Block D mates. After consulting the psych department on the third day, I realized that I'm actually in Block B!

I didn't like the fact that I belonged in a different block because I already made some friends and already blended well in Block D, and now I have to do it all over again with no orientation to help me with it! Plus, Block D has more breaks than Block B!!! But, on the good side, that means more friends to good ol' me!

On site stuff, the Net group finally confirmed my membership. All I need to do is submit pictures to link to my myO account and then submit articles in the future.

"Wait! Articles?!" Yes, articles. Articles for theO, to be exact. And that means one thing: The group I joined was SOAP!

For those who don't know, SOAP is the Society of Otaku Article Producers. It's a group here in myOtaku that's devoted tho writing anime articles. I prefer to call it "the nWo of myO" or "the DX of myO" (any pro-wrestling fan would know what I meant with the comparison).

First things first. Did anyone actually watch the AMV I posted in the Independence Day special? 'Coz it seems nobody watched it based on the comments I've received.

Anyway, you may have remembered my article getting rejected by theO peeps. As I said before, I'm gonna post the article...well actually, the TOP TEN LIST of that article, to let you judge yourself. (Yes, it was another of my "top 10" article that got rejected.) I know it kinda sucks, so please leave constructive comments, okay? Well here it goes:


NUMBER 10: Hey, does Chairman Dullindal use a bottle of Head and Shoulders everyday for his long, thick hair?

NUMBER 9: If Mu makes impossible missions possible, then wouldn't that mean… Oh my gosh! Mu is Tom Cruise!

NUMBER 8: Hey, what would happen if the Gundam's nuts were kicked?

NUMBER 7: Pink porings all around Lacus!!!!! Must kill Porings! Must increase Ragnarok points!

NUMBER 6: This is the future?! DAMN YOU, BUSH!

NUMBER 5: I thought this is anime! How come the only Pokemons I'm seeing is that green birdie and those pink watchamacallits?

NUMBER 4: I thought that guy's name was Kira Yamato. Yamato, dammit! I've seen all the episodes and still he doesn't play Battle B-Daman.

NUMBER 3: Coordinators have special talents? No wonder our School Coordinator knows all my school violations!

NUMBER 2: Damn, I keep missing the scene where the Core Splendor starts to combine altogether and Shinn suddenly exclaims, "It's morphin' time!"

...AND THE NUMBER 1 DUMB GUY THOUGHTS ON GUNDAM SEED DESTINY: If this is the sequel to Gundam Seed, then shouldn't it have evolved into "Gundam Tree"?

That's all I can say. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Hey there guys. Can you smell what The Mask is cookin'?

Before anything else, I would like to say:

Happy 108th Independence Day, Philippines!!!

Well, today's the last day of my vacation. Tomorrow, it's gonna be the beginning of my college education.

Honestly, I still can't believe that I'm going once again to school in a matter of hours. What's even more unbelievable to me right now is the fact that I'm no longer going to my old high school. Maybe by tomorrow, I'm gonna be used to everything.

On site stuff, theOtaku.com didn't approve my article. I can't blame them, though. I myself think it wasn't really that good. I'll post the article soon so that you can judge it yourself.

As for the Internet group that I was joining, my membership has not yet been confirmed. So I'll just have to wait for some more days.

Now let's go to a very special edition of TODAY'S SPECIAL

Uniquely Philippines: An Independence Day Special
The Philippines is truly a unique country. It is a country filled with landmarks that never fail to catch a person’s interest. It is also a country filled with people so cheerful and hospitable that one would love staying in this beautiful country.

(Not to mention the fact that a lot of things in this nation are a lot cheaper here than the ones sold in other countries.)

Anyway, in commemoration of the 108th Independence Day, here are some factoids about this unique country that will make you shout words like, “Whoa”, “Nice”, “S**t”, and other four-letter words:

- The Philippines is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking country, and it’s just next to the United States and United Kingdom.

- The Mayon Volcano in the Bicol region is known for its perfect cone. Its shape is so beautiful that a distinguished British traveler-writer by the name of A. Henry Savage Landor wrote: Mayon is the most beautiful mountain I have ever seen, the world-renowned Fujiyama (Mt.Fuji) of Japan sinking into perfect insignificance by comparison.

- Current WWE superstar Batista is regarded as the first-ever Filipino-blooded pro-wrestler to become world champion.

- "Pinoy Big Brother", the Philippine version of the world-famous reality series, was regarded as being the first Big Brother series to have an altar and a Sunday service in the Big Brother house.

- The '70s mecha anime series, "Voltes V", is arguably the most popular anime series of all time in the Philippines. It first aired in the 1970s, but was pulled off the air by then-President Ferdinand Marcos. Decades later, and with Marcos out of the presidency, the theme song of this anime show was featured in a segment on the comedy show, "Bubble Gang". This eventually led to the revival of the series. It became popular to the young and the old, and it was a significant key to the anime craze in the Philippines today.

- Did you know that current Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and current U.S. President George W. Bush have a lot in common? They were the children of former presidents (Macapagal and H.W. Bush), took oath in their first term as presidents on the same day (January 20, 2001), and were the successors of leaders who faced impeachment during their term & were well-known womanizers. (Estrada and Clinton.) Oh, and they're also suffering from low popularity ratings recently.

- Filipino National Artist Levi Celerio has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the only man who could play beautiful music with a leaf.

- The Philippine Airlines is Asia's first airline. It started operation on March 15, 1941, using a Beech Model 18 aircraft, despite an ongoing global war.

- A Filipino by the name of Nelson "Rey" Bohol is behind the visual development of the animated flicks, "Finding Nemo", "The Incredibles", and the recent blockbuster hit, "Cars". That explains why there's a little Filipino touch in these films.

- The English word, "boondock" was taken from the Tagalog word, "bundok", which means "mountain".

- "What's still most impressive to me about the Philippines is the friendliness of the people, their sense of humor...," wrote Honolulu journalist John Griffin in a 1998 visit to Manila.

And so ends our little feature. To end this post, here's a Fruits Basket AMV featuring the Filipino song, "With A Smile":

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Hey guys! Do you smell what The Ro..err...Mask is cookin'?

Yeah, I changed the opening line. The cookin' line sounds more catchy than my postin' line. What do you think? Oh wait. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK! Hehehehe...just kidding!

Boy, time is soooo fast. You get a long rest from all the hassles from school work and then...BOOM! School's just 3 days away. *Sigh!* What makes me even crazier this time around is the fact that I'm gonna be going through college already.

I don't know, maybe it's because when it comes to college, I'm still a freshman, a newbie, a novice, or ,as my brother likes to say, a "noob". But I guess within a matter of months, I'll get used to college, just like me gradually getting used to high school when I was still a freshie.

Anyway, my college life as a Psychology student officially begins this coming June 13. Like I said in a previous post, I'll be wearing yellow on that day. The psycho...I mean...psychology official said that my IQ test results was 102 (Not 120 as earlier mentioned). And since it's 102, I'm going to Block D, which in turn has yellow as its color code. Oh, why did I fail to finish my IQ test?! WHY?!! *Sigh!*

And now that I think about it, this whole color-coding thing is kinda like the thing they did in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. It's just that the lowest class is yellow and not red.

On other stuff, I submitted another article in theOtaku.com. However, after the article update that the mods did recently, I doubt that the article will actually appear. If what I'm thinking will happen, I'll post it here. Aside from that, I also joined a certain Internet group, although my membership still needs confirmation.

And on June 12, I might do a very special update in commemoration of Philippine Independence Day. Although you may not be Filipino, I'll try to make it sure it would be a fun read. Watch out for it!

Now let's go to TODAY'S SPECIAL
Thanks to my classic-loving dad, a certain Beatles song has been stuck in my mind for sometime now, even though I'm not much of a Beatles fan. Maybe it's because this one was faster than the Carpenters' rendition of the song.

The title is "Ticket To Ride". And today you get a chance to listen to it. If you want the lyrics, click here. Anyway, here's the song, "Ticket to Ride":

Taken from: http://www.xanga.com/music_codez88

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Thursday, June 8, 2006

Hey there guys! Can ya read what The Mask is postin'?

(Heh, I'm really starting to enjoy adding that line in the beginning of my post.)

Now, you may have noticed some frequent changes in my site. From the Detective Conan-inspired theme, I changed it to a DNAngel theme. But then, it was quickly changed to the WWE's Mankind/Mick Foley theme.

Why did I do that? Well it just so happens that yesterday (June 7) was Mick Foley's 41st Birthday! I was planning on doing a special theme on his birthday last week, but I never thought that his birthday was so soon!

So if you're reading this Mick (which I doubt), I would like to say, with my thumbs up, "Happy Birthday, Mick!"

Too bad he's now a bad guy and he got bloodied by the good guys on his birthday. Oh well, I just hope he received the message I sent him via WWE.com. And I do hope he'll update "Foley is Blog" once again.

And speaking of birthdays, today is the birthday of Otaku Legend Number 5. While I'm posting this, she didn't update her site yet. Nonetheless, go to her site and PM or e-mail her some birthday greetings!

I was supposed to go to her house today and party with my high school classmates, but unfortunately I can't go. You see, there's someone else celebrating her birthday today. And that's my grandma. And I guess it's family first, then friends. Oh well.

On to cafe matters. It seems another record was made in my previous post. With 11 comments, the "MyO title promotion" post was the most commented post ever in this cafe. Dunno what to say about this, though. I've had enough title issues for one week.

And lastly, a new branch for "The Mask's Cafe" has been created in Friendster. But for now, I won't tell you where it is, or you'll be able to know my secret identity or, as I call it, "unmask The Mask".

Here's the well-known dialogue of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck from the renowned Looney Tunes cartoon, "Rabbit Fire":

Daffy: "It's Wabbit season!"
Bugs: "Duck season!"
Daffy: "Wabbit season!"
Bugs: "Duck season!!"
Daffy: "Wabbit season!!"
Bugs: "Duck season!!!"
Daffy: "Wabbit season!!!"
Bugs: (reversing the flow) "Wabbit season!"
Daffy: "Duck season!!!"
Bugs: "Wabbit season!!!"
Daffy: "I say it's DUCK season, and I say...fire!"
(Elmer shoots Daffy)
Daffy: "Hmmm... Let's try that again!"
Bugs: "Okay."
Daffy: "I'll start it this time!"
Bugs: "Right!"
Daffy: "Wabbit season!"
Bugs: "Duck season!!"
Daffy: "Wabbit season!!"
Bugs: (reversing yet again) "Wabbit season!"
Daffy: "Duck season, fire!"
(Elmer shoots Daffy again)
Daffy: "Okay, this time, you start it."
Bugs: "Whatever you say!... Wabbit!"
Daffy: DUCK, FIRE!
(Daffy is shot yet again)

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Friday, June 2, 2006

Hey guys! Can you read what The Mask is postin'? (If you read my previous post, you'll know where I got this idea.)

Well this week sure was something for myOtaku members. You may have noticed yesterday that there were title promotions being held and the titles were Otakuites, Senior Otakus, and Otaku Legend. Now a little controversy broke out when veteran member SomeGuy was still an Otakuite, despite the fact that he submits quality articles and, as beyblader pointed out, was here since day 1. Aside from the SomeGuy, I also pointed out to Adam that another myOtaku member by the name of Kastom has submitted TWENTY-SIX (26) nice articles, yet was still an Otakuite. (The actual comment was rather confusing, but I guess everyone got what I was trying to say.)

Now today, it seems the little issue regarding this has finally been resolved. Changes were made in the system, and now good ol' SomeGuy has been promoted to the well-deserved title of "Otaku Legend" while Kastom is now a "Senior Otaku" (and is close at being a legend as well).

Now I wondered: "Why did I made the comment to support SomeGuy and Kastom?" Well, my answer was because I considered them as my "superiors". They're more talented than me when it comes to writing serious anime articles, and they have better knowledge than me when it comes to anime. (That kinda explains why most of my articles are humor articles.) As such, I've grown to have some respect for them.

If this was WWE, SomeGuy was like Ric Flair and Kastom was Chris Benoit. As for me, I guess I'm like Mankind/Mick Foley (but not Cactus Jack) or John Cena.

Aside from SomeGuy's and Kastom's promotion, I'm also glad that I got promoted to Senior Otaku just today. And as they say, "with great power comes great responsibility". Hehehe!

Okay, moving on. IF YOU'RE A FILIPINO, PLEASE READ THIS PARAGRAPH. Since Independence day is quite close, I would like to request you to post a picture of a Philippine flag in your site to show you're proud to be Pinoy. You can use the code I placed at the top or just use your own picture. I hope you will fulfill my little request.

"Autumn is harvest time for the farmer. At dawn, my dad and I were out in the field picking carrots fresh off the trees."
- Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), That '70s Show

That's all I can say. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Hey there guys! Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? (Okay, now I'm wondering why I typed that.)

Well, I finally finished submitting my birth certificate in my university. After that, I took some useful pamphlets for future purposes, then had my ID picture taking, and then toured around the campus. As for my books, the psycho official (uhh, I mean, psychology official) said I'll receive the list on the first day of classes (which will be on June 13).

While in the psycho...logy department, I learned that on the first day of classes the psychology students will be having an orientation on the first day of classes. And since I have an IQ of 120 in the IQ test, I'll be in Block D, which means I'll be wearing a yellow shirt on that day. I'm starting to regret not being able to finish the IQ entrance test.

On to my guestbook. It seems that these days my guestbook is starting to have more unique messages. Last time, akkaime, aya said about me being the "only" Pinoy in the top 500 (which I clarified; and yes, akkaime, you've been mentioned again in my post!). Now, SOAP member Shinkiro is giving me an invitation to join their elite club. Right now, I'm thinking about it.

And about "The Mask's Cafe", I made it official; there is a new branch for the cafe! It's still under construction, but you can visit it through this link: http://themaskcafe.bravehost.com

And now, let's go to TODAY'S SPECIAL
I've been thinking. Japanese songs is getting popular because of anime. So, why not use anime to promote Filipino music in theOtaku? And since our Independence Day is coming, why not do it now?

Well, that's exactly what I'm gonna do in TODAY'S SPECIAL. From time to time, I'll try to post anime music videos (AMVs) with well-known English songs composed by Filipino songwriters. (English, because not all of you can understand Filipino.)

For today, we'll be having a Fruits Basket AMV. The background music is "With A Smile" by South Border. (Originally sung by Eraserheads, another Filipino band.)

For the lyrics, click here! Enjoy the song and the vid!

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Hey there. Friday once again. Time for another post.

Last Monday, I arrived back in Cebu after spending some weeks in Agusan del Sur for a little vacation. It was fun...and cool...and profitable! Hehehe! *counts his PHP1200 salary* Anyway, click here to know more about my vacation.

Ever since leaving Agusan, I'm back to my not-too-eventful vacation in Cebu. *Sigh!* Back to sleeping, eating, watching stuff in the small screen, and surfing stuff on the digital screen.

And ever since arriving back here, I realized that local TV station QTV had added DNAngel to their anime line-up. That's great news. I was really looking forward to seeing DNAngel, especially since it has a phantom thief, and now I get to see it. Yippee!!

Anyway, I recently viewed my all-new Friendster account. While I was visiting it, I was shocked when I saw a bulletin message with the title, and God forbid, "R.I.P Shakira (1987-2006)". I clicked on the link to know what happened. There I found out it was another one of those chain letters. (Yes, Shakira's still alive. Don't worry.)

Now, I'm asking all of the people responsible to stop this chain letter madness. It's really very irritating. Almost as irritating as a spam e-mail about free porno (which I despise a lot).

Moving on. By next week, I'll be going to my university to do submit a copy of my birth certificate as well as ask for my list of books. Oh boy. College is starting to get closer and closer.

Oh, and I'm planning to make another site for "The Mask's Cafe". However, this site will simply be a "storage site" for any fun stuff that I can discover in the Net or in some old documents and books. Kinda like the FUN STUFF site I made before (if anybody ever remembered it). What do you think?

And now, here's TODAY'S SPECIAL
Ask A Silly Question
I bought my sons a pet rabbit after they promised they would take care of it. As usual, I ended up with the responsibility. One evening, exasperated, I asked, "How many times do you think that rabbit would have died if I hadn't looked after it?"
After a moment my 12-year-old son replied, "Once."
- Contributed by L. Barry Parsons
(Source: Reader's Digest - August 1992 Issue)

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Monday, May 22, 2006

   I'M BACK!
Announcer: From The Mask's Cafe, the greatest online anime blog-cafe in the world (I wish!), it's "The Return of The Mask".

And now, future WWE Hall of Famer, The Mask!

Hey there guys! It's been 20 days since I posted in my cafe. So how have you been?

Well, my vacation in Agusan del Sur was great! I worked part-time in my grandpa's hardware store while my bro worked at our aunt's cafe (A real cafe, by the way. It's not like my cafe.) In the hardware store, I was testing light bulbs, selling fishing hooks and lines, and trying to match resistors (well, I only got to sell ONE resistor). The resistor was the one I liked 'coz it made me apply the things I learned in my Physics class.

Aside from that, we attended a party, had a swimming outing, and went shopping at SM Davao. And did I mention that in SM Davao, I got to buy a cool Naruto picture frame that had a discount in its price?

One of the things I loved about Agusan del Sur is the cheap ice cream cones that had a scoop of mango ice cream and a peanut butter-like ice cream. It's cheap and yummy, and I rarely get to eat those stuff. So yeah, the vacation was generally fun.

On other stuff, I noticed that I had 10 comments in my previous post. It happened to be the most number of comments I've ever had (aside from the comments during my birthday). So, thanks for the many comments, and I'm glad you enjoyed my MJ-vanilla analogy.

Then akkaime, aya recently signed my guestbook. In her entry, she said:
is it true your the ONLY pinoy that's in the top 500!!! how does it feel!!! hehehehe!!!
Now who gave you that idea? Although it does sound kinda cool, I have to say that this is not true. There are other Pinoys (or Filipinos) who are in the top 500, some even ranking higher than me. The ones I know are my high school classmates Blue Hawk, who's now semi-retired in myO, and Number 5. Okay?

I've found the secret of youth --- I lie about my age.
(Source: "A Pocketbook of Best Jokes" by I.D. Navarro and M.E. Jacobo)

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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