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I woke up late today!

ah shimatta! it’s 10 o’clock already! I immediately jumped out of my bed and made a beeline to the bathroom. Showered and dressed in record time and I’m off to Sakae. Today, is after all July 21! What’s with the date? duh! Today just happened to be the worldwide release of our fave intrepid boy wizard’s final story… Will he live or die? I wonder, as I was waiting for the train… or maybe the question should be who are the two major characters that J.K. Rowling will kill off… ah, finally the train comes… just one norikae and I’m there.

A few more minutes and I was running in the streets of Sakae straight to Maruzen. A “Potter-fan-free” Maruzen.

(The window display at Maruzen today… A confirmation that in this bookstore I will be able to buy my own dose of Potter-mania. hehehe…) The people on the street was looking at me when I took this picture. Most of them, I guess wondering what the heck I was doing. 🙂

Finally, my own copy. Notice the special packaging it came with, it’s orange! hehehe… just in time too!

Hmmm… I don’t know when I’ll have the time to read it though, what with cleaning (yes girls, cleaning… medyo nahihiya na ko sa sarili ko so I decided to clean na… and no nasty stool incident too. That I promise!) and studying. hahaha… but for sure I will find the time. So Salve and for any of my friends, If you’re able to read the book ahead of me promise not to open a discussion until I read it. I aim to be spoiler free so I can enjoy the story on my own and cry to my heart’s content. >:-)

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I finally saw the play!

My friends and I were supposed to watch it last March unfortunately the tickets were all sold out. In my desperation I even posted a shout-out on Friendster just in case someone would be willing to forego watching it and sell their tickets to me – no takers thought, which did not surprise me at all. Good thing the play organizers listened to our clamor for a rerun. YEHEY!

So one Sunday afternoon, Salve, Sherma and I arrived at the newly finished PETA Theater somewhere in Quezon City. (Don’t ask me where exactly. I got confused with all the turns the taxi seem to be taking that I just let Salve and Sherma worry about it. They have excellent sense of direction… mine’s a bit messed up.) There were already people milling about in the lobby though. Talking and looking at the stuff being sold by the organizer – comic book from which the play was adapted, T-shirts, souvenir programs, posters and weird looking scepters. Seeing the merchandise my entrepreneurial instict (?) kicked in. I bought a souvenir program and a poster. Told Salve and Sherma that I’m going to sell it on E-Bay with an ad that will read:

UP FOR AUCTION: Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah poster in mint condition. Signed by it’s creator – Carlo Vergara and it’s two lead actors – Eula Valdez (as Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah) and Tuxs Rustaquio (as Ada).

My friends told me I’m nuts and that nobody would be interested in it. They told me I should wait at least 10 years maybe more. (100 years is preferable, at least by then it will be considered an antique!) Resigned but not defeated, I decided that I would still have it framed and take it home to Palawan to hang in my younger brother’s (Vinz-Cupcake) room. Hehehe… wonder what his reaction going to be?

But I digress… where was I? Ah yes, the play.

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Well, it’s an adaptation of Carlo Vergara’s graphic novel about a gay salon owner who becomes a woman with super powers (Zaturnnah) after she swallows a mysterious fist-sized rock from outer space. Yep! just like Darna although in her case it’s just a pebble. Lucky Narda! Poor Ada looked like crying whenever  he has to swallow the rock. Ada just like Darna with DIng has his faithful “alalay” in the form of his gay assistant Didi. And just like Darna, Ada has his own Efren – Dodong.

The plot is so ridiculous you just have to laugh and suspend your disbelief for two hours (which you won’t notice anyway coz you’re laughing too hard). The jokes more often than not are risque. No thinking needed you just have to enjoy and experience it. Although, you do have to be open-minded since it boldly presents gay relationships amidst Zaturnnah’s fight with giant frogs, gay ghosts and English speaking Amazoniztas (chuckle).

But I must admit, the character that I really fell in love with was Didi’s character (played by Joey Paras). His vibrant personality really endeared hime to me. And every scene with him in it ends up in laughter.

All in all, I had a great time and will probably be watching it a second time for according to the show’s organizer they will be presenting the play again at CCP on June 16 and 20 as part of the International Play/Theater Conference (not sure if I got this right).

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By the way, I did have the poster signed. Even have my picture taken with Didi… go Didi! Go! Oh, and the weird looking scepter I found out was used by the Amazoniztas. It’s a really cool scepter. It lights up and has a metallic finish. Nope, it doesn’t do anything other than what I’ve mentioned. Still, Salve and I wanted to buy one to give to our respective “pamangkin” (okay, that’s just an excuse). We sort of decided we would after the play but everyone it seems has the same idea. Hmmp! I still want to have one though.

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I have taken the liberty of posting Sherma’s blog entry regarding her so called “Challenge.” In it she dared herself to read less than 20 books in a year. Since I am not so impressed with the number as well as her list; I believe as her friend it is my sworn duty to add a couple more. And Sherma in case you get all worked-up please include Salve to your ire ‘coz I have sought her opinion on this as well… and she wholeheartedly agrees with me.

Now, where was I? Ah yes the blog entry… I ripped off her blog and added a few of my well-founded and heartfelt comments.

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SOURCE: http://dwickedangel.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Challenge

I�fve always labeled classic literature as boring. (this statement only reinforces your conclusion about your illiteracy! hehehe…) Somehow, works in this genre fail to make me want to read on until the last page. I�fm not sure if it�fs the language used or the milieu in which these works were written, but it�fs a real effort for me keep going.

But even with this difficulty, I believe I ought to read the classics, if I want to be truly �gliterate.�h Salve and Celestine, who were extremely surprised when they learned I got through high school without reading a single novel by William Shakespeare, Nathaniel Thorton, and the like, think so, too. They�fve been encouraging me to read the works for as long as I can remember, giving me pointers on how to get through, if not enjoy, them. And when I survey Salve�fs collection of the �goldies,�h somehow I feel compelled to read each one of them.

I did attempt to, several times. But each time, I always ended up dropping whatever classic work I was trying to drum into myself, before I even get to Chapter 3.

So I devised a way for me to coerce myself into reading these �gunreadables�h ? by employing the punishment-and-reward strategy. (You dare label the classics as, ugh I can’t even write it let alone think of it… You philistine!)

Here�fs how it goes:

Challenge: By the end of 2006, I should have read all the books listed below (classics and non-classics alike). You call this a challenge??? It does not even exceed 20… Nah!! Definitely NOT! Let’s include a couple more.

Rationale: The challenge would give me the chance to finally get acquainted with the characters that graced the pages of classic English literature. Toward the end of the year, I’d likewise be able to find out how disciplined I am: If I pass this challenge, then I’d know I have enough discipline to see me through greater endeavors; However, if I fail this one, then I’d know I lack self-discipline. I would then be able to design measures to discipline myself. (You don’t need this challege to find out if you’re disciplined or not. You already are. Take my word for it – disciplined bully that is!)

Classics
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Mythology (Edith Hamilton)
Emma (Jane Austen)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained (Milton)
Adventures of Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain)

Non-classics
The Partner (John Grisham)
The King of Torts (John Grisham)
Obstruction of Justice (Perri O�fShaughnessy)
The Last Promise (Richard Paul Evans)

Lean Against the Wind (James McKarns)
Eleven Minutes (Paulo Coelho)
Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Prince of Tides (Pat Conroy)
The Chamber (John Grisham)
Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)

hmmm… this is not a challenge girl. Some of the titles you have listed can be read in one seating. NOPE! DEFINITELY NOT!

(Legend: Finished reading; Untouched: Ongoing)

Reward: Buy myself the white gold necklace I really want without feeling guilty.

Punishment: Treat Elaine, Chie, Jing, Salve and Celestine to lunch or dinner – you call this punishment this is a reward for you! You should be so lucky! (Am still thinking whether I should include Lorien or not). And more important: refrain from bullying these five (or six, I haven�ft decided yet) imps for a whole month. Now this is punishment. You, stop bullying for a month? haha! It’s like you trying not to breathe! To quote Hermione Granger “it’s in your blood!”

Rationale: These girls definitely won�ft let me off the hook if I fail the challenge. Hence, they�fd be keeping an eye on me. Knowing that, I�fd of course persevere. Likewise, for an innate bully like me, having to go against my nature, even just for a month, would kill me. I’m sure I won’t last a month without doing some bullying spree.

So there�fs the challenge. We�fll see how I�fd fare.
Looking forward to the promised free food! I can already taste our victory!

Note: This particular entry will be updated regularly to show my progress.

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ADDITIONAL READINGS:

  • Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare)

  • Shogun (James Clavell)

  • Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)

  • 100 Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia-Marquez)

  • The Color Purple (Alice Walker)

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)

  • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

  • Nicholas Nickleby (Charles Dickens)

  • Womenagerie (Jessica Zafra)

  • Coming Home (Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo)

  • Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)

  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Richard Bach)

  • Tale of Genji (Murasaki Shikibu)

  • The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)

So Sherma, take heed and READ the books. I promise you won’t regret it. Maybe by then, Salve and I will deign to acknowledge that you have become slightly literate. Hahaha! I feel so wicked and I absolutely love it! >:-) And in case you’re wondering if we really do love you, the answer is unequivocal YES. We’re doing this for your own development. Salve and I look at it as social work for the less fortunate such as yourself.😉

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Sherma once asked in her blog:

“If you’re standing in front of The Mirror of Erised, what would you see?”

Anyone who is familiar with the Harry Potter Series would know that The Mirror of Erised is a magical mirror. It lets the person looking on it see the deepest desires of their heart. However if the person looking on is the happiest person on earth, he/she would see himself/herself exactly as he/she is at that moment.

So my answer to your question Sherma is this:

Yesterday, if I have looked into The Mirror of Erised I would have seen something else other than my reflection. NAAH! I’m not gonna tell you what I would have seen. Suffice it to say that it’s so removed from my reality that it can never ever be – much as I would have wanted it to be, but NO.

I don’t know what I will see tomorrow but now at this very moment I would see only my reflection. This is because I feel so blessed today. Something that I have been working, planning, hoping, wishing and waiting for has finally become a reality. To all my friends, alam nyo na kung ano yun. I guess the LORD has decided na ready na ako for this opportunity.

So, I’m looking at The Mirror of Erised and I see a girl with long straight hair, wearing a black blouse and a denim skirt. Smiling… Grinning actually…

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