Jolens the Muse


Because words are not on my side tonight and because I still owe Eila fourteen facts about myself — here comes the kraken:

Thank you Krishelinda for nominating me. Krishel paints pretty fan art and arki drawings so go check them out!

The rules of the award created by Okoto Enigma are these:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Instead of three, I will share 14 things about moi:

  1. I don’t eat meat anymore.
  2. I have wonky teeth so I wear Invisalign.
  3. Three homies who changed my life (sort of): Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Mao Tse Tung
  4. I love oversized jackets with huge pockets à la Lindsay Weir.
  5. I don’t separate puti from de-kolor.
  6. I used to watch a lot of Japanese dramas.
  7. I love the word “tender.”
  8. I am super stoked for the World Cup next year.
  9. I know how to program in Assembly pero medyo lang.
  10. I prefer this_style over thisStyle.
  11. I find it weird how blog awards use the term “nominee” but declare no winner.
  12. Lorde’s Pure Heroine is constant in my top 10.
  13. I’m waiting for Saga to wrap up before I read the rest of the issues; I stopped at volume 5.
  14. I’m currently trying to figure out whether “try to relax” is indeed a paradox or not.

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Lists and Awards!

Thank you for the award, Thea!

1. What is your advice for someone who had a friendship break-up?

Surround yourself with homies who inspire you to be a better person. It’s easier to move forward when you realize that the people you’re leaving behind are not worth the stress and the drama.

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Awesome Blogger Award

Gracias, Amielle, por la nominacion! I wasn’t planning on updating this blog but thank you for giving me a reason to! 🙂


  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  3. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  4. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  5. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  6. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

1. What is your childhood dream that you never get to push/achieve?

Okay mga baks, may kwento ako.

Noong bata ako, gusto ko talagang maging botanist. Mahilig akong magbasa ng encyclopedia at sa dinami-rami ng pwedeng aralin, botany ang paksa na pinakapumukaw sa interes ko. Nahihiwagaan kasi ako sa pagiging “living thing” ng mga halaman. Para bang marginalized sila sa napakaraming aspeto, ultimo sa pagkakaroon ng top-billing sa mga bugtong kasi wala sila sa karaniwang intro na “hindi tao, hindi hayop.”

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Liebster Award!


Ito raw ang mga patakaran:

(1) Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
(2) Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you.
(3) Give 11 random facts about yourself.
(4) Nominate 11 blogs.
(5) Notify those blogs of the nomination.
(6) Give them 11 questions to answer.

(1) Salamat kay Shai sa pagnomina!

(2) Narito ang sagot ko sa mga tanong niya:

What’s your favorite beauty item?
NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stain (shade Champagne).

What’s one thing you’re scared to ask a man, but really want to?
Pangit ba ako?

If you were a man for a day, what would be the first thing you do?

Do you believe in Horoscopes?
Hindi. Sabi nga ni Zenaida Seva, “Hindi hawak ng mga bituin ang ating kapalaran. Gabay lamang sila. Mayroon tayong free will, gamitin natin ito.”

If you could identify with one fictional character (from a book, show, or movie) who would it be?
Pwede komiks? Si Enid ng Ghost World.

What’s your favorite elem/HS/college memory?
Naku marami. Madalas may kinalaman sa alkohol o kaya sa Tagaytay o kaya pareho. Saka na siguro ang mga detalye.

How do you think your parents would describe you as a child?
Siguro “kadiri” kasi sabi ng tatay ko, kinain ko raw ang sarili kong tae noong bata ako.

What’s something you’re really good at?
Mag-transcribe. Raket ko ‘yun dati n’ung college.

What are your favorite blog topics to write about?
Parang wala naman akong paborito. Basta may kinalaman sa akin at sa mga bagay na interesado ako, game.

Biggest blogging achievement so far?
May nagsabi sa akin na maayos naman daw akong magsulat sa Ingles.

(may ghad di ko na kaya mag-english) Anong tanong ang gusto mong itanong sayo ng iba?
Gusto kong tinatanong ako ng mga tao tungkol sa football. Kung sino ang paborito kong team, paano ako nagsimulang mahilig sa football, ano ang ibig sabihin ng offside, etc. Handang-handa akong magpaliwanag—magpapainom pa ako ng beer—basta ba’t mabigyan ako ng pagkakataong kumuda tungkol sa football.

(3) Labing-isang bagay tungkol sa akin:

  • Pangarap ko talagang maging screenwriter sa Pilipinas.
  • Gusto kong magsulat ng pocketbook para sa Precious Hearts Romances pero hindi ko alam kung paano.
  • “Saturn Return” ang paborito kong kanta ng Eraserheads.
  • “Sala” ang paborito kong kanta ng Pupil.
  • “Candelaria” ang paborito kong kanta ng Sandwich.
  • Si Nadine Samonte ang pambato ko noong unang season ng Starstruck. Umiyak ako nang natanggal siya.
  • Si Vic Zhou ang crush ko sa F4.
  • Hindi ako kumakain ng karne.
  • Hindi ko pa napakikinggan ang Favorite ng Ang Bandang Shirley. Natatakot ako’t baka hindi ko magustuhan.
  • Hindi ko masakyan ang trip ng mga may trip kay Lang Leav.
  • Napopogian ako sa mga lalaking marunong maggitara.

Pass na muna ako sa rules (4) to (6). Hindi naman yata aabot sa labing-isa ang mga kilala kong blogger na nagsusulat sa Filipino.

Salamat ulit Shai!

Snogging Cate Blanchett, the moon landing, and other questions


I’ve always wondered: who was the Liebster Awards named after? Hmm.

I guess these blog awards are your modern-day chain letters. They borrow the pass-after-reading aspect sans the “or else…” threat. Not having the caveat about a potential bad omen portrays a sort of mental maturity, an acknowledgement that barely anyone would still buy into an unscientific, doltish tradition. And because these awards are exclusively online property, they manifest an intelligence anchored specifically on technological evolution. Globalization, I suppose, also has its perks.

But enough of the overthinking. filmsCine and Angel nominated me for the Liebster (thank you guys!) and here are my answers to their questions.

From filmsCine, who writes awesome articles on all things movies:

  1. Snog, Marry, Avoid, Send to another planet: Jim Carrey, Sally Field, Dustin Hoffman, Cate Blanchett. Snog Blanchett, Marry Hoffman, Avoid Carrey, send Sally “sorrywhoisshe” Field to another planet.
  2. What’s your favourite film genre and why? Probably bildungsroman, which I suppose is a fancy way of saying “coming-of-age.” (V, if you’re reading this, pauso mo ‘to.)
  3. What’s the key ingredient to a truly fantastic film? Unity between form and content. It has to be well-crafted technique-wise, and it should be sending out a message that questions and/or breaks conventions.
  4. Which remake do you wish never happened? Haven’t watched the new Ghostbusters yet but it comes to mind. Just make a new film with an all-female cast, no need to smack them as re-casts in an already good movie.
  5. What do you do when you’re not blogging? Watch the Euro, read Saramago, go to work, shoot pictures.
  6. Would you rather have a coffee with Donald Trump or Kris Kardashian? Kris Kardashian, whoever she is.
  7. Gary Oldman’s best role? Haven’t watched a lot of his films but he was awesome as Sirius Black.
  8. Quentin Tarantino’s worst film? Maybe not the worst, but I didn’t enjoy Inglorious Basterds.
  9. If you could transport one character from one movie into another movie, who and what would it be? Asiong Salonga to She’s Dating the Gangster.
  10. What do you rate the movie Grease out of 10? Six, seven-ish.
  11. Do you think the moon landing happened or do you think the moon landing did not happen? It did.

From Angel, who writes poems heaving with youthful vigor:

  1. Who do you usually think about? Why are you always thinking about him/her?
    A guy named Nathan. Because pogi.
  2. What/Who makes you wake up? Hunger, or the need to pee.
  3. Take the Kinsey Scale test here. What did you get? Do you agree with it? Why or why not? Can’t access the link ‘teh, sorry.
  4. Are you more extroverted, or introverted? How does this affect the people around you? I’m an introvert. I suppose I don’t affect people in any way because I rarely see them.
  5. What kind of personalities do you find repulsive? None, really.
  6. What is your most memorable escapade? Why? I went to Tagaytay with friends, ate bulalo, peed behind a bahay kubo, then went home. Memorable because I was with friends, awww.
  7. What object do you value the most? Why? My books, because they’re one of the few things I have loved and am allowed to keep.
  8. Is there a movie that gave you some unexpected kind of epiphany? What is that movie? Christopher Nolan’s Memento. Epiphany: movies are the bomb!
  9. What is the last movie/TV show that you’ve watched? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not? Tonet Jadaone’s The Achy-Breaky Hearts. It’s just another Star Cinema romcom fluff.
  10. Tell something to your 17-yr. old self. Don’t be scared of things you think you can never be good at. One day, you’ll be an engineer and you’ll realize math ain’t that bad.
  11. How are you doing, today? So far France is one point over Germany in the Euro semis. I get to see Griezmann smiling so yeeeeah. 🙂

And because the Liebz (wuw) is supposed to help us discover new bloggers, I will nominate my own recent “discoveries”:

DJ R. of Reverse delay, whose website has some of the most well-written articles on Philippine society and culture. (UPDATE: DJ R’s Liebz in the comments!)

Carmina of Chasing Realities, a Manila girl who tours us around her city and writes insightful articles on Philippine literature, politics, and many more. (UPDATE: Carmina’s Liebz!)

Miggy of Miggy Neutron, whose blog may not be regularly updated but is still filled with engaging prose on seemingly random topics like cockroaches.(UPDATE: Miggy Neutron’s Liebz!)

Anje of Punjetry, who’s probably done the Liebz countless times but she’s very interesting and funny I want to read more from her. (UPDATE: Anje’s Liebz!)

demanille of DeManille, a girl boy from Tondo who writes thought-provoking articles on topics such as Islam and Cinemalaya. (UPDATE: demanille’s Liebz!)

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