Christmas Dufus-ness

What crazy things I do for my significant other on Christmas Day.

I’m a sentimental person, and I love giving gifts.  I really, really love to see to look on the face of a loved one when I give her my Christmas gift for her.  And sacred_essence is no exception.  I remember the look on her face when she got the Gundam SEED Destiny RGB coffee-table book I got her last Christmas.  So this year I promised myself I’ll outdo that.

So I went on my customary gift hunt (the Haro Quest, since I do know she wants a Haro, especially Pink-chan, more than anything in this world).  But finding a Haro is tough, unless I buy online, which I barely do.

But luckily God smiled on me, because I found something I know she wanted as well – a 10-voice, superior I-doll of Lacus Clyne, voiced by Rie Tanaka, from BANDAI.

It’s not the newest figure in the market today, but I know SE liked it very much the first time she saw it on the Internet last year, and I also had a tough time looking for one in 2006.  Thankfully, one of the hobby shops I frequent has it on stock, and with a Haro looking unavailable again, I bought the I-doll at the start of December.

So I kept the I-doll at home, and tried to keep it a secret, but SE eventually wormed its existence out from me.  I tried to give it to her a couple of times, but she insisted that she’d get it on the 27th, when we’re gonna have the HERO TV Forum Christmas party.  She said she wanted to have something to open for Christmas from me, even if I know she’s surely itching to get her hands on it.  I really, really hope she’ll like it.

Yesterday, right after I got home from delivering gifts to my Mom’s amigas, I sat in boredom on my room’s desk.  Boredom, specially for a self-confessed kender like me, usually ends up with catastrophic results for those around me.  Being bored I thought up of ways to while away my time, when the light bulb inside my head flashed in inspiration – I decided to gift wrap the I-Doll.

I really came prepared for that.  I already bought the gift wrapper for it (pink, like SE wanted), and I used the same kind of bag-and-wrapper combo I used for SE’s gift last year.  I brought out my trusty scissors, Scotch tape and Elmer’s glue, and got ready for battle.

And being a certified dufus, it was a battle I lost.  It was pre-ordained.

I know it looks like something stuffed inside of a filled-to-the-bream UPS airplane that did Immelmans and back-flips in the air, given its sorry state of gift-wrapping.  This is concrete proof that I will never get a job as a postman or someone from UPS.

But I had to do it – I want to make Christmas special for SE.  She has always been there for me, given how erratic my life has been this year.  So I really wanted to make her smile.

Problem is, I probably would make her laugh with this display of dufus-ness.

But that’s what I do, and I don’t care if you all laugh at me (I suggest you do when you’re at least 100 miles away from me).  There’s a saying that it’s not the gift that’s important, but the gesture.  In this case, its not the gift wrapping that’s important, but the effort put into it.

A sorry excuse by a simple dufus like me, who just happens to be in love with the most wonderful girl this Christmas Day.   But I don’t care, ’cause I know I’ll make her smile today – and that’s the best gift I’ll ever receive from anyone this holiday season.

Sometimes it’s good to be a dufus like me.

Christmas Reflections

As I lie awake on this very early of Christmas mornings, I can’t help but look back at the past year.  The trials and tribulations me and my family had to go thru were tough and stressful, yet here I am in good spirits, waiting expectantly for the sun to rise for this holy and happy day.


This year was filled with challenges for me.  It was not a prosperous year, and more hardships are expected to be faced come the near future.  But thanks to friends and loved ones, I managed to pull thru.  Without them, I am nothing.


Thanks to my officemates, for keeping me on course at work.


Thanks to my neighbors in my community, for trusting me in all confidence and allowing me to serve.


Thanks to my brothers in my Catholic fraternity, for exemplifying unity and brotherhood and fostering my growth as a God-fearing man.


Thanks to my forum buddies at HERO TV Forums and Gundam SEED Renaissance RPG, younger siblings I all consider them, as they gave me fun times all year on the Net.


Thanks to my friends and barkada, for keeping me jolly and picking up my spirits when I’m with them.


Thanks to my best friend, for keeping me rolling on the floor laughing with all our high-jinks.


Thanks to my pets, Kero and Kenshee, for loyally keeping me company, and giving me smiles and cuddles every day.


Thanks to my relatives, for continuing to foster unity and family with our clan.


Thanks to my Dad, for bearing with my failures.  I love you, my father.  Forgive me for my mistakes.


Thanks to my Mom, for the patience to our hardships.  I love mother.  Forgive me for my lack of patience.


And of course thanks to my significant other, who is my anchor in life.  She kept me straight and true, and loved me for all my dark days.  I love you Lacus – you are the light and beacon that led me home.


And finally, I thank God, whose birth we celebrate today.  The King of kings and Priest of priest, His sacrifice we cherish and believe.  Without Him, we are all nothing.  He is the true meaning of this holy day.


Merry Christmas to everyone.  May you be all happy and in good health in this, the most holy of days.

Newest Addition: 1/100 Gundam Exia

The latest Gunpla in my collection: the 1/100 Gundam Exia, which I picked up from Wasabi Toys’ booth at the 2nd Christmas Toys and Collectibles Fair, at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall.

Gundam Exia Box

Above is the box of the Exia.

Here’s the Exia without the seven swords yet – its about 80 percent completed.

At the worktable

Exia completed with its full arsenal.

Exia completed, with its GN sword drawn and ready.

GN Sword Deployed

Personally, the Exia was the most irritating to make among my High Grades, but not as tough or as many parts as Master Grades.  I like its paneling and detail – it’s as good as a low-to-midranged Master Grade in detail and articulation.  I didn’t like its leg style though – it looks too bulky to match the streamline upper torso area.

Generally I consider the Exia the best melee fighter among all the Gundams, and the 1/100 model does justice to this claim.  I find the 1/100 Gundam Exia a well done and nice looking Gundam, at a good price.