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The Nerds Are Alright

You might probably noticed that this blog remained stagnant for a good few months – I drowned in a sea of to do’s at work and I was not in a good place – occasionally battling bouts of stress, anxiety and depression which can be a harrowing experience once it hits.

Until one day, I said I just couldn’t mope forever and abandon the things that made me happy. I decided to blog again and attend events; trying to find time from my busy schedule to fit everything in.

One of the first events I attended was this year’s ASIA POP COMIC CON, which was always been in my calendar for ages. Being a big nerd since I can remember, I love collecting comic books and action figures, and would diligently troop to the cinemas for superhero movies. Yes, I am one of those people who have an annoying habit of explaining “comic book universes.” I am also a DC girl through and through, though I am level headed enough to accept that the MCU cinematic universe is kicking our dark, brooding DC asses when it comes to box-office adaptations.

I was there on the invitation of my friend Paul (extreme left) who hosted the blogging panel featuring David Guison and Chevrolet brand ambassadors Mari Jasmine and Donny Pangilinan.

After the panel, it was on to the good stuff:

The Superman figure above has been on a must-buy list for a good three or four years now. But it’s more than 10k pesos; I kept putting it off. To put it simply, it’s either I take home the little homage to (my forever love) Christopher Reeve or I pay off my numerous insurance plans. I’d rather stick to my investment track.

While going around, I also caught sight of the ongoing signing for Ready Player One lead and MCU alumnus, Tye Sheridan:

I was initially planning to register for his panel, but it was scheduled way late in the afternoon; and I hate staying too long in MOA unless necessary, so I decided to skip it.

Admittedly, the star of this year’s con is the Netflix installation which took a lot of space and attracted a huge crowd.

I don’t know if it’s just me but the crowd this year seemed a bit smaller compared to the past years that I was there. I went Saturday AM until lunch – so I might be wrong and missed the Saturday afternoon crowd.

There was also a significantly lesser selection on merchandise that was for sale because everything seemed to sell the same Funko toys everywhere I go around the floor.

After needing it out on the land of superheroes, I continued the rest of the day on kawaii land as my friend, The Filipino Rambler and I hied off to Hello Kitty cafe in BGC.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way – the place is freaking cute. It is cute personified and an Instagrammer’s paradise.

I’ve been planning to eat here even before but it was newly-opened and everyone wanted a piece of the action. It was always full whenever I go, with reservations stacked one on top of the other — so I gave up trying to score a seat. I figured, I would go when the hype finally died down – and sure enough, we were able to immediately score seats when we walked in at 3pm on a Saturday noon.

Of course, the food was adorable:

  • It was begging for double-taps; served in dainty cups and cake trays, with cute sugar bowls to boot. The cakes, of course, were designed to look cute and Instagram-worthy.
  • So, was it delicious? It’s average on my book; a good 3.5 out of 5 stars. To be fair, I only got the cake and not the rest of the mains – so there might be something amazing there that I haven’t tasted yet.
  • It was good to finally have the time to go out and enjoy the things that makes me less crazy and less stressed . I had the chance to indulge my inner fan girl and thanks to the great afternoon — I realised that yes, in spite living in the crazy adult world, this nerd is still alright.
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    Can’t wait for Manila International Book Fair

    Thank you Fully Booked!

    I never got this excited for free tickets, well, maybe except when it’s for Incubus (which I always buy, by the way). But here it is, two tickets to the Manila International Book Fair next weekend! For a geek like me, the thought alone is enough to give me a heart attack.

    I love books — I love the smell of a newly-bought book, its pages still crisp and the letters too vivid against the brownish book paper. I love old books, the pages brittle and fragile, seemingly lined with the years it spent against the shelf and between my fingertips. I loved it how reading a specially good one can make me forget of the time. At times and in between a really good story, it’s like watching a really good, really compelling movie and the only difference is that everything is unfolding only in my mind.

    So while I am extremely and terribly busy right now due to an upcoming event (hence the lack of post) — I am glad there’s something to look forward to.


    NOTE: I got these tickets after I spent PHP12,000 on gift cards which I intend to use as give away for upcoming company event.

    Dreaming of kingdoms, dragons, fat kids, travels and a mix of adventures

    I’ve always been a bookworm, and has even lamented before that being online most of the time has robbed me of the opportunity to finish books on my reading list. Whereas before I can manage to finish a book in just three day, now my bed side table is currently full of books waiting for my attention.

    I recently started reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, an Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Dominican author Junot Diaz.The story tells the story of Oscar de Leon, an overweight, science fiction-reading geek with a bad stroke of luck when it comes to love. The story also gives a glimpse of the lives of Oscar’s family, his sister Lola, his mother and his grandfather. The narrative is mixed with cross references to culture and the events that happened at the Dominican Republic during the time of the dictator Rafael Trujillo during the 1930s.

    image not mine

    I’ve already reached the middle part of the book, going past Lola’s boyfriend dramas and the love story of Beli when I hit a sour patch in my reading and had the mistake of putting down the book. Now, it officially joined the list of unfinished books staring accusingly at me each night on the bed side table. It’s not that it’s not interesting, it is. But I got tired following the problems of Oscar that I just had to stop.

    Committing that I’ll finish the book as soon as I get past my horrendous schedule two weeks ago, I vowed I’ll get back to Oscar.

    That is until I made the mistake of going inside Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street and purchasing “Game of Thrones”, the first book in George RR Martin’s series “A Song of Fire and Ice”. I’ll be honest here, the reason I picked up the book is because I got inspired by the TV series. I am a big Game of Thrones fan and is seriously contemplating leaving The Hubby to join Jon Snow at The Wall (hey hun, kidding!).

    I have yet to start reading it but a good friend told me to read really slow because once I devour the whole series, it’ll be painfully agonizing waiting for the next one. I know exactly how that feels, having agonized waiting for new Harry Potter books to come out. The choice to buy a fantasy novel, with knights, dragons and warring kingdoms surprised the hubby no end. After all, between the two of us, he’s the one who usually trek to the fantasy novel aisle for Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and the Dragon Lance series books. I meanwhile, can be sometimes found on the cook book aisle, staring dreamily on Anthony Bourdain’s paperback eyes.

    image not mine, but I wish the whole book series was!

    Anyway, I wish I had the time to begin Games of Thrones. The death of Ned Stark tore my heart into two and I had to restrain myself from hurling our TV to the wall due to my hatred to that freaking bastard (literally!) King Joffrey Barantheon.

    Also included in my pile of unfinished books are: “Alice in Wonderland” the Illustrated Edition by Camille Rose Garcia:

    Alice in Wonderland (The Illustrated Edition by Camille Rose Garcia) – image not mine

    I thumbed through this book numerous times, but unfortunately not to read the story (though I’ve read this back in elementary school) but to stare on the wicked illustrations. The art is simply wicked (literally and figuratively). How I wish I had Ms. Garcia’s talent.

    I also have a lot of pages needing my attention on “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am still thinking if I wanted to continue reading that or let it stay for a very long time on that bed side table, and keep the company of Unbearable Lightness of Being and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Both books, I have been trying to finish for one hundred years but no dice. In the case of “One Hundred Years….” I always end up stopping, and choosing to pick-up a different book rather than continue reading Mr. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ opus.

    It’s not like I can’t finish my books: I breezed through On the Road (my favorite novel) and I’ve JD Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” so many times that I cared to count (usually during Christmas when the population of phonies dramatically rise). The Harry Potter series (all seven of them) I managed to read five times (usually when I am bored). I breezed through Aron Ralston’s “24 Hours”, John Krakauer’s narrative of the life of Chris McCandless in “Into the Wild”, as well as Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”.

    For novels I call my guilty pleasure like “Gossip Girl”, “True Blood”, and the “Vampire Chronicles” — I managed to devour like gummy candies.

    But the books mentioned above, oh man — I have problems finishing them. Sometimes, I even resorted to reading two or three books at the same time though that wouldn’t be wise in my opinion because sometimes I got mix up and I have to remind myself that there’s no fat kid in Eat, Pray, Love.

    What about you? How do you deal with reading backlogs? And more importantly, WHAT’S ON YOUR READING LIST?