Happy New Decade!!!

Happy New Decade!

HAPPY NEW DECADE TO EVERYONE!

Post Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Date

Highlights:

Went to Greenhills with SE.

Gave SE a Googly Bear (aka Mojo-kun)

Gave SE some butterscotch.

SE got another Pink Haro at GT, Gundam 00 Bikini Girls Gashas from Wasabi Toys, and a Lacus Clyne White Symphony Concert Gashapon from a seller.

SE's Post Valentine's Hauls

Underwent mild depression as I missed buying the last Figma Miku Hatsune at Wasabi Toys.

Had lunch at Burgoo’s.

ATTEMPTED DOING CRAYON ART (ala Rukia Kuchiki).

My attempt at art at Burgoo's... XDDD

Saw Maddie on a date with her S.O. XDDD

Contemplated eating butong pakwan at the movies.

Saw “Valkyrie” as a non-typical Valentine’s date movie.

Bought a Miku Hatsune Nendoroid for myself. XDDD

Miku Hatsune Nendoroid!

I leave the details and more pics to SE. XDDD

On Over-Possessive Parenting

My inaanak (godchild), the only child of my cousin Myles, is encountering the same problem that her mother went thru when we were kids – having to deal with a very strict and possessive grandmother, my Mom’s elder sister.

You see, my cousin was raised by her mother alone, and my Tita (Aunt) is a tad too possessive about restricting my cousin’s movements.  And this evolve into some complications when my cousin rebelled, and my cousin went thru problems with her own marriage, which ended in annulment.

This time, my Tita’s over-possessiveness is concentrated at my inaanak, and I can see that the young girl (she’s 13 and entering high school next summer) is struggling to deal with it, and is becoming overstressed.  Just like her mother before, my tita is restricting her movements (even with her own mother) and I feel that it’s reflecting badly on my inaanak.  She’s now showing some bad habits, that, while I can place as something a typical teen might develop, I still feel as a tad more rebellious than most.

I have an easy time relating with my inaanak, since we’re both otakus and anime fans.  I lend her some anime that I have, and she gives me advice on what anime is good to watch and manga to read as well.  I might have tag along during the next anime con, since her mom told me that my inaanak hasn’t been to any anime event yet.   And I’m proud of her since she’s a straight A student, and looks to have passed the entrance exam of a prestigious science high school in Makati that she – and not her grandmother or mother – really wanted to enter.

But then again, I am concerned about the stress I see building up inside her.  While I might not be the model youth I was when I was younger, at least my folks let me decide on what I want to do or to be, as long as I was responsible enough.  I know I won’t be able to take the stress of over-restrictiveness that my tita is showing her granddaughter, and I know my cousin is also stressing over what her daughter is going thru.  There had been confrontation and fights, and the atmosphere between them is gloomy at best.  Even my mom and her sisters get into arguments with my tita about this touchy subject.

Hopefully she can cope with it.  All I can do is support her mom thru advice, and maybe just reach out more to my inaanak thru our common otaku interests.

What are you’re thoughts about parents being over-protective or over-possessive?  Any suggestions on how I can help or guide my inaanak with this problem?

Practical Valentine

Looking around the Metro, I don’t see much of a Valentine’s Day atmosphere and on a payday Friday to boot.

I’m looking at the commercialized aspect of the holiday, rather than the moral and emotional one.

I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s happy at the thought that I have a significant other who loves me and I love back, and not necessarily celebrating it by splurging on an extravagant date. I’ll be going out with my S.O. on Sunday, but we both agreed that we should keep it simple, yet fun and full of love.

But from what I see, Valentines dropped in importance in terms of consumers and economy. People seems to be avoiding buying the usual Valentine’s staples such as roses and chocolates.

I was listening to Korina Sanchez and Ted Failon on their daily morning show in DZMM, and they commented that in Dangwa, a rose was already going for PHP 100.00, (Columbian roses are now at P 1,200.00 a piece) when normally you can get a dozen of them for PHP 250.00. And they said that we shouldn’t think of going to classy flower shops – if we do, we should have our brains checked.

I don’t see much Valentine’s decorations and ads in the environment as well. A scarce few, yes, but this year it’s not as garish or far-spread as recent years. Even the hotels and motel are not as aggressive in their advertising and promos – I barely saw any promos of lodging at all.

I guess Filipinos are becoming more practical in spending, specially in terms of holiday spending. Given that Valentines follows our very long Christmas holidays, Valentines has become rather low priority. And the effects of the “global economic crisis” probably didn’t help as well.

For lovebirds out there, I suggest being practical. You can spend Valentine’s with your partner without blowing your budget. A simple lunch or dinner in a nice place, plus a few trinklets as gifts would cheer up you partner a lot – as always, it’s the thought that counts. Just being with your partner on Valentine’s will mean a lot to him/her.

UC’s Top Anime 50 Bishoujos List XDDDD

UC’s Top Anime 50 Bishoujos List

(Updated Feb 6, 2009!)

After not updating it since 2006, it’s back! Ready your blacklists people hehehe

1. Lacus Clyne of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED / Gundam SEED Destiny

2. Sheryl Nome of Macross Frontier

3. Fllay Allster of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

4. Yoko Ritona of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

5. Konata Izumi of Lucky Star

6. Lynn Minmay of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

7. Eri Sawachika of School Rumble

8. Haruhi Suzumiya of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

9. Kagami Hiiragi of Lucky Star

10. Euphemia Li Britannia of Code GEASS

11. Aina Sahalin of Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team

12. Barnette Orangello of Vandread

13. Lunamaria Hawke of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

14. Millia Fallia Jenius of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross/Macross 7

15. Ranka Lee of Macross Frontier

16. Miku Hatsune of Vocaloid

17. Meyrin Hawke of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

18. Kallen Kouzuki of Code GEASS

19. Misa Hayase of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

20. Sakura Shinguuji of Sakura Taisen

21. Asuka Soryu Langley of Neon Genesis Evangelion

22. Cagalli Yulla Attha of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny

23. Mizuho Kazami of Onegai Teacher / Onegai Twins

24. Fuko Ibuki of CLANNAD

25. Nanase Matsuura of Macross Frontier

26. Klan Klan of Macross Frontier

27. C.C. of Code GEASS

28. Saya Otonashi of Blood +

29. Kana Minami of Minami-ke

30. Tsukasa Hiiragi of Lucky Star

31. Miyuki Takara of Lucky Star

32. Mikuru Asahina of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

33. Feldt Grace of of Mobile Suit Gundam 00

34. Rangiku Matsumoto of Bleach

35. Yuki Nagato of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

36. Chiaki Minami of Minami-ke

37. Chidori Kaname of Full Metal Panic

38. Milly Ashford of Code GEASS

39. Koishi Herikawa of Onegai Teacher

40. Murrue Ramius of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny

41. Astharoshe Asran of Trinity Blood

42. Blair of Soul Eater

43. Naru Narusegawa of Love Hina

44. Kyou Fujibayashi of CLANNAD

45. Yakumo Tsukamoto of School Rumble

46. Cathy Glass of Macross Frontier

47. Tsubaki Nakutsukasa of Soul Eater

48. Kanako Ohno of Genshiken

49. Meia Gisborne of Vandread

50. Rook Bartley of Robotech

Notable Mentions:

51. Nagisa Furukawa of CLANNAD

52. Sumeragi Lee Noriega of Mobile Suit Gundam 00

53. Kotomi Ichinose of CLANNAD

54. Rei of EX-Driver

55. Rei Ayanami of Neon Genesis Evangelion

56. Myung Fang Lone of Macross Plus

57. Soma Peires of Mobile Suit Gundam 00

58. Belldandy of Oh/Ah My Goddess!

59. Kaoru Kamiya of Ruruoni Kenshin

60. Momo Hinamori of Bleach

Please check if any bishie doubled on the list.  And violent and non-violent reactions are appreciated XDDDDDD

Proud To Be A Pinoy Otaku

The title says it all, people.

I’ve announced to the world what I am, and I’m not a single bit ashamed of saying so. I am an otaku. Given my age, my upbringing, and what I have humbly accomplished in life, I’m probably your prototypical non-typical choice to be dubbed one. But I’ll accept the title of “otaku” over everything else people I know would call me.

You’re probably wondering why Kuya UC is ranting like this again. This is basically my reaction to the following video, from the GMA7 show Kablog (tama ba title?):
]Otalus on Kablog

To be clear, I have nothing against the two (of the three) persons interviewed in the segment. They’ve tried their best to clearly state why they call themselves otakus and the good points of being one. What I don’t like about the segment is the way the segment was edited. There seems to be a predominate bias against otakus and otaku culture.

It was stupid the way the production was made, giving over-emphasis that a true otaku is someone who overly obsessed with Japanese pop culture at the expense of reality. Any sense of taste in the segment went out of the window by the way they portrayed Otaku No. 3. It left the impression that otakus are weird, obessive people that shouldn’t be seen as role models for the younger generation, but as a bad influence from whom nothing good can be learned from.

Well screw the producer of that segment. He or she doesn’t know what being a true otaku is. An otaku can’t just be stereotyped just because the word otaku was described in dictionary that way – being a person obsessed anime, manga, cosplay and similar interests. A lot of otakus are normal persons who just happen to have interests in Japanese pop culture.

Take me for example: I’m 35 years old, coming from a very traditional family, and I’m into politics and can humbly say that I have run for local government positions several times and won each and everytime. I’m active in Roman Catholic civic organizations and charities, and love serving the public good. I’m into sports that most people won’t associate with being an otaku. But I am an otaku and no one can take me away from my otaku interests.

That being said, I don’t see myself as a obsessive otaku.

I don’t cosplay, and while SO sacred_essence does, I never heard her once forcing me to cosplay like she does. But I happy that the youth of today can find an outlet like cosplay for them to express themselves. It would be a little hypocritical to say that cosplaying is non-mainstream – heck, a lot of the corporate Christmas parties I’ve seen or heard about in 2008 are costume-themed, making them technically cosplay parties.

I’m a toy collector, and most of the toys I collect are anime genre ones. But I’m not the one to impulse buy everything I see just because it came from the anime I watched or liked. I just love to collect them since when I was young, and the collection bug has never left me. Again it would be slightly hypocritical to say otaku toy collectors are obsessive – what do you call older men (even older than I am) who collect more toys than your average otaku could purchase, just because they enjoy that particular toyline in their youth, or the cartoon it came from.

Also, watching anime is NOT a realm restricted to the current youth generation. What do you call those of us (of my generation) who watched shows like Voltes V, Daimos, Mazinger Z, UFO Grandizer and Mekanda Robot during the Marcos years of the mid and late ’70s? Aren’t we otakus then? It would be hypocritical for folks of my ageframe to tell their kids that watching anime is useless and not good, when back in their own childhood they watched giant super robot shows or literary classics-turned anime after school.

Do you know that I use Japanese traditions and thinking that I’ve learned from watching anime or the toys I’ve collected by the way I try to live my life? I hold my hat off for the way the Japanese would present themselves professionally, and how they value their personal honor and integrity when dealing with others. I marvel on how they simplify their products – be it cares, electronics, groceries and foodstuffs, even anime and toys – to make them easy to use but of excellent quality. I always try to integrate what I’ve learned of the beauty of Japanese culture via the otaku lifestyle in my work and public service, and they’ve proven a very valuable help to me.

So there you go folks. I hope you see what I mean. And I hope people like those who made such a demeaning segment will understand that they probably went thru a phase of their lives that they got interested in Japanese pop culture in some way or another, making them a part-otaku.

Let our bias against Japanese stuff end with the end of World War II – the Japanese are not our enemy now but our friends and the same goes with their culture. Just because they are influencing how some of the youth are living today doesn’t mean it’s totally useless and wrong. Heck we are surrounded by things Japanese that are beneficial to our lives – our cars are predominantly Japanese and same goes with our electronics.

I do advice moderation though. As we can see from Otaku No. 3, being totally obsessed with otaku culture can be harmful to one’s health. I suggest to the youth of today to approach the otaku lifestyle the same way a person should approach such things as smoking or drinking – be an otaku moderately. Use what you learn about being an otaku to benefit your life and future, and don’t use being an otaku as an escape from reality and its responsibilities. I approach my otakuness as an inspiration and a way to keep myself youthful in mind, if not body.

Again, I hope mainstream people would understand what I am trying to say, and look at otakus – be it people they know or their relatives or kids – as normal folks who just love the otaku lifestyle, and don’t discriminate and prejudge them for that. Hopefully the media will be fair in their description of otakus – we are a part of the Filipino way of life now, if not the way of life of a good portion of the worldwide village.

And for those otakus who think they can live in reality but still be happy with their otaku interests, be proud of who we are.

Revival of Existence

Hi guys!

I know its been a LONG, LONG TIME since I’ve last updated this blog, but now I’m back. I’ll be posting some of the recent stuff I’ve been posting on my Multiply site here in next few days, once I get some free time. I’ll be concentrating more on politics, music, the Internet, anime, Macross and Gundam as well, plus the odd topic now and then.

It’s good to be back.