Wednesday, September 24, 2008

In the News

Yesterday and today, I saw in yahoo news that Clay Aiken "came out of the closet". On News on Q, it's the same news.

Come on, it's like Lance Bass coming out.

People, and i mean hordes or people, already knew.

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Also in the news, two senators (Jamby Madrigal and Ping Lacson) were saying that Villar should resign his post as Senate President. Nothing surprising in that, since election time is near and Villar is one of the strong contenders for presidency.

What struck me the most was Miriam's statements. She said that the administration bloc is not supporting the ouster of Villar since its members are satisfied with their committee membership, and that you can only foment discontent if the members are not satisfied with their committee membership.

I always knew that Miriam is an intelligent lawmaker but my admiration for her grows with this statements. She understands politics and she's very candid with her observations, even saying them in national television.

Shoe Guy

In the hit TV series Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw has an online alias of "shoegal" since she loves shoes so much. At one point, her friend Miranda calculated that over the years, she spend approximately $40,000 on shoes.
I don't spend that much on shoes since my disposable income (though slightly higher than some) does not allow me to buy Manolos (or its equivalent, if any, in men's shoes).

But yes I still do buy shoes every once in a while. Everytime I go to the malls, I instinctively go to shoe stores but just the normal and reasonably priced ones. I still can't bring myself to buy a P7,200 boots from Alberto's even though I just love how it looks.

I graduated from buying shoes worth P500 or less. (In college, I bought this rubber sneakers which costs P300. I wore that shoes for more than 5 years and would have continued wearing them had my mother not given it away).

From buying P500 or less shoes, I went to buying P1,000 or less (the types you can buy in SM). Then an acquiantance told me about this shoe store WADE and I immediately levelled up to P2,500 or less. Then when strolling in Rockwell, I found this shoe store ALDO which sells really nice and fashionable shoes for P3000 to P5000. I was itching to buy the P3,200 shoes (on sale) but the available sizes were too small.

An officemate told me how he bought shoes in PEDRO'S (an affiliate of Bench). I went there once, loved the shoes, bought one for P3,000++. I would have bought more but my conscience kicked in.

Right now, I own about 18 pair of shoes.

Girbaud. Bought them on sale. I wear them when I feel like wearing shoes on Saturday instead of sandals. Leaveland. Looks a little big. But these shoes have served their purpose. This is one of my "safe" office shoes that I wear quite often when I can't think of which shoe goes well with which pants.
Pedro's. I thought this was made of snakeskin and ostrich leather. The salesman said this is made of cow leather.
Bench. I like. (the color combination)
FILA. I'm not a great fan of shoes that markets itself as sporty (I'm not sporty and am not a sports fan) but when I saw this brown shoe on sale, I bought it.
Wade. I just love brown shoes.
W. Brown. Bought on sale in SM. I wanted to buy an ox-blood colored shoe (this is not really ox-blood but the color is close) at the time to wear with my black pants.
Wade. I shoe that I wanted to buy before in Mall of Asia. However it seems a little expensive for me at the time. A few months or week later, I went to Trinoma and found it on sale 20% off. I had to buy it. Maritalia, an affiliate of Rusty Lopez. I liked how it looks like the woodgrain design.
Leaveland. Design is a little different from most. I am looking for different looking shoes. The sales lady told me that I'm their first customer to buy this.
Leaveland. A little too big for my feet.

I still haven't taken pictures of my other shoes.

"Jewellery" Box

This is a "jewellery box" that I bought in Baguio (Mines View, in particular).

And yes, the " " are necessary since right now, it doesn't hold anything of real financial value.

Its current contents are:

- "Silver" cufflinks (yes the " " are also necessary). I think this costs P399 or P499.
- A wrist watch from Unisilver (this at least has sentimental value since this is a gift)
- A wrist watch which came free from buying Chivas Regal in Duty Free
- A wrist watch that I bought from SM and costs P399.
- 2 neck wear (not really a necklace). These have black sort-of rubber string with metal pendants. Both costs less than P200 each.
- 4 neck wear that I bought in Baguio - all with black threads and cross pendants, in different designs, made of kamagong wood (or that's what the seller told me). I don't remember how much each costs but they're somewhere in 3 for P100 or 4 for P100.

Sometimes I also put there silver necklace (also has sentimental value since this is a special gift) but that doesn't happen since I'm always wearing it.

I was hoping that someday, someway, someone would give me something (a real jewellery, or an expensive watch) so that my "jewellery box" can transform into a Jewellery Box.

Picture of _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

This is a picture that I don't remember taking.

I really don't know what or who I was taking a picture of.

Anyway, looking at it, I think it looks like a male sex organ.
I think so.

I showed it to someone and he also thinks so.

And I did not even told him what I thought it looks like.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Some pictures I took in and going home from Baguio.

On the SCTEX on going home. I took several pictures of the road and the clouds. The cloud in this picture I imagine to be a rabbit.

They say that a camera adds ten pounds to a persons looks. It seems that taking a picture of your shadow with a camera adds another 10 pounds. Or maybe I just gained weight.

This is near Wright Park where you can ride horses. Some are white with pink mane. Made me think of the little girls (in the US) who want to have pink ponies. I don't think little girls here in the Philippines ask for pink ponies.

This street near Burnham Park reminded me of the Academic Oval in UP (the side near the College of Engineering).


When we were in La Union for work, I chanced upon a butterfly (or is it a moth) clinging still to the wall of the hotel-resort where we were staying. I took a picture of the insect but didn't get much time to appreciate its beauty.

On looking at the picture, I finally appreciated its beauty.

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Butterflies have been used in gay pride parades and other gay-celebrations. I think a butterfly is one of the symbols of the LGBT community.
Now I know that the rainbow represents the whole spectrum of gender and sexuality but I'm not sure of the symbolism for the butterfly.
Maybe it's a symbol for the metamorphosis that one goes from being a straight-acting person during the day to a different person at night. Or maybe it's a symbol for the coming out of the closet, like a butterfly leaving its cocoon to spread its wings.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Always Be My Baby

Here is a very simple blog that I found rather funny:

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Always Be My Baby

... by david cook has been unoffically made the theme song for those so-called closeted queers who wish to present themselves as straight and masculine but still retaining the diva-ness of the song, singing in a baritone or on a low tone (hell i don't sing professionally so i use the words freely), straight up with ladies swooning over the sexiness of the voice but the perfomer with his eyes closed imagining himself swinging on a rubber tire tied up to a branch of a tree hanging over the river, just like in the video.

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When I first heard the song on American Idol, I didn't like it. It was so simple and I thought that David Cook's rendition was a little to flat. But as the song gets played over and over again on the radio, in my officemates' laptops, etc., I am liking it more on more. It grows on me, as I'm sure it does too in other people.

And when I think of the song "Always Be My Baby", Mariah's vocal sighing (or as some people say, "puro halinghing") no longer comes to mind.