2015 had been a toxic and anguish-filled year for me, in terms of finances, personal-that-are-also-connected-to-family problems, schmucks in the workplace and the new-but-age-old-and-still-saddening discovery that the people who smile the most can be the ones whose knives plunge the deepest into your back.
I have gone through bouts of depression, waded through the darkest valleys of despair, anger and bitterness. Faced cowards, liars, hypocrites, wimps and narrow-minded stuffed shirts. And let’s not forget that dreaded 4-word sentence – See you in court.
Which was why this blog has been silent for 2015.
I was also quiet last year because I didn’t want to die before my time, ehehehe …
Enough’s enough. I’m through dilly-dallying and drinking too much whine (no, this is not a misspelling). I’m rolling up my sleeves, 2017. Let’s do this together, Dad …
January 2015 is about to end soon, and it’s also too soon to say if 2015’s going to be as rollercoaster-ish as 2014. But so far, things are coming along quite swimmingly, at least on the writing front:
“A Fox, A Rose – and a Prince: Trailer for THE LITTLE PRINCE Hits Web! (yes, it was in December – but it’s the Little Prince!)
“7th International Manga Award Winners” (manga, comics, fumetti, bande dessinée – all different, all unique, but one and the same)
“Winners of the 59Th Shogakukan Manga Awards” (ghost stories, genies, yakuzas, NEETs and a temperamental 4th-grader!)
“MANGA REVIEW: Shinya Shokudou” (my first manga review! ^^)
“Winners of the 2014 KODANSHA MANGA AWARDS” (tennis and rakugo, anyone?)
The only Reason for the Season – Merry Christmas, WordPress-ers …
Some manga reviews …
Custom cakes …
And – the big screen …
Actually, these links happen to be one of the things that I’ve been up to. It’s good to flex one’s writing “muscles” – and I’d like to thank Flipgeeks.com for the writing workout. And thanks, Dad, for leading me to them …
“The Pugs of Westeros – Cuteness is Coming” (July 4, 2014)
“COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Strange Natives – The Boy With Capiz Eyes” (October 28, 2014 – my very first comic book review! ^^)
“Casanova Quinn’s Spy Games” (October 30, 2014)
“Step Inside the Westeros Jazz Lounge, Ladies and Gentlemen …” (November 1, 2014)
I just remembered that today is September 11, and while wandering around the internet, I found a video tribute to some of the Filipino casualties on that tragic and fateful day. I guess it serves as a reminder that 9/11 isn’t just an “American” tragedy – it was everyone’s tragedy …
(“Saan Ka Man Naroroon” is a traditional Filipino ballad, and is roughly translated as “Wherever You May Be”)
“Aoi”, the close friend in question, and I were raised, more or less, in the same community. We went to the same school and university. We had endless talks, played pranks and went on the occasional adventure or two together. But one activity that we rarely did together was to go a movie theater and watch a wide-screen flick. The reason is really quite simple – Aoi isn’t into films as much as I am. But on those once-in-a-blue-moon occasions when we did go to the cinema, there were 2 movies that we both enjoyed immensely –
“Dead Poets Society”
“Good Morning, Vietnam”
Magandang umaga po, Robin Williams – at maraming, maraming salamat po …
(Good morning, Robin Williams – and many, many thanks …)
Hundreds of girls have been kidnapped in Nigeria because they had the audacity to want to get an education.
Be in prayer for these girls and that they might be brought back to their families safely. It’s hard to imagine that so many girls could be taken away. Social media as been buzzing trying to draw attention to this problem.
Sadly this problem is not just located in Africa but every day women, men and children are sold into modern day slavery and sex trafficking.
Despite all of the rhetoric and differences that get thrown around Christian circles there should be a united front from all followers of Christ. These girls (or any person for that matter) are not property to be bought and sold and exchanged for goods. If we truly believe in the divine presence of God indwells within all of humanity then we should be outraged at…
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