If there’s one thing I really love about my hometown, it’s the fact that the beach is only just a 30-minute ride away. It’s the convenience of running away for an hour, and then going back to school to face reality once again over 10 songs inside the car—I could not do that in Manila or Los Banos.
It’s been a daunting week for me, because I’ve been preparing for my college graduation. Hence, all my subjects are demanding so much. The other day, I asked myself if someone were to wave a magic wand and make all my problems disappear, would I become, in time, the happiest person alive? Will I have the perfect day anyone could probably have?
I read a book the other week. It said that once you get your fingers on the important questions, you
can’t turn away from them. As I see it, they have nothing to do with perfection. It has something to do with love, responsibility, spirituality, and awareness.
Hey guys! I’m opening commissions again to save up for a new apartment, one with windows and that allows pets. So far the apartments I’ve canvased with my almost-new roommates are pretty pricey especially if we want to live near the city and we need help paying for 2 months rent advance of security deposit and some key money.
Does not help most of my money is going to laptop repairs, life insurance, current rent and bills. *sobs* It would be totes awesome if you could help us out!
What you’re gonna get:
-Hi-resolution PNG file, 300dpi -Rights to do anything you want just as long as you dont resell or claim as your own -MY LOVE AND ETERNAL GRATITUDE FOR HELPING US.
There are two versions one in American dollars (USD $) and one in Philippine Peso (PHP ₱). The rates are based on how much detail the commissioner demands.
B & W sketches: USD $ 3-7 ; PHP ₱ 46-230 (depends on add ons)
1 Character (full color) half body: USD $15-20 ; PHP ₱ 460-670 full body : USD $20-25 ; PHP ₱ 670-920
Additional character (each): USD $12 ; PHP ₱ 300 background: USD $20-60 (depends on how much detail)
What I can draw
Yasssssss: fandom art OCs fury/animals slight NSFW (#freethenipple) slight gore (a few bruises and bloodynoses)
Noooooooo: graphic nsfw graphic gore mecha super complex backgrounds
- Payments can be done via PayPal. If you dont have that, payments can be done via Bank Deposit, LBC, M Lhuillier or Cebuana. - Once we settle all the details of the commission, i’ll send you an invoice. - For OCs please, send me good references of the character(s). -Through the whole process, i’ll be sending you thumbnails,WIPs and ask you for your opinions.
Contact: - Send me a PM to this blog - Email me at email@example.com Subject: Commission Content: tumblr username, commission details, references
Some random person/vendor just made my day~ & filled my cup~~❤❤
I was buying “Sorbetes” to that vendor, but he got wrong with what i am ordering… Cuz instead of serving one “Sorbetes”, he serve me two~~ it supposedly cost “5 pesos” for one “Sorbetes”, so i kinda pay the vendor “10 pesos” but he returned the other half of what i pay for the Icecream… I insisted to just keep it but he still gave it back to me… so i just thanked him then he smiled back~
I didn’t expect that bruh~~ a random vendor just gave me a free goody-good~~❤❤
Know i feel so full~~❤❤ I might draw those things in my inbox (requests), but just with the countrytale thingy~~ lolp~•ε • (inspiration is now hitting me)
I believe that it is never too early for a favorites post. Here are some of the things that made my May more special!
1. Zebra Mildliners
If your going to invest in some good highlighters, I definitely recommend getting these. They were only 150 yen plus tax each in Japan. I use the dark blue and purple highlighters a lot for my notes.
2. MT washi tape
Also 150 yen plus tax each in the same store I bought in Japan, these tapes were the first thing that caught my eye. I’ve been using them in my planner ever since I got back from my trip.
3. Miniso clip-on gel pens
Miniso sells there pens for 99 pesos per set. You can choose any three pens or markers on their shelves. Some have told me that it was kind of expensive, but the quality is like of Muji’s and compared to one 60 peso pen, I can stock on these instead.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you guys would see that the study music I listen too is slowly transitioning into lo-fi and chill beats. I’ve been playing jinsang’s Life album over and over this month. I left links so you can check them out!
Venezuela’s hyperinflation, a visual representation.
So, as I’ve talked in the past, the Venezuelan currency, the Bolivar Fuerte - BsF (strong Bolivar, in reference to the father of the country, Simon Bolivar) is effectively useless as cash these days, how useless you ask? Well, let’s see:
On top we have the lovely national currency, 50 100 BsF bills, for a total of 5.000 BsF, 100 50 BsF bills, for a total of another 5.000 BsF, and finally, 100 20 BsF bills for a total of 2.000 BsF, giving us a grand total of 250 bills and 12.000 BsF.
Keep in mind, currently those three bills are the highest valued available on the market these days, and it took me two hours to get them all from a bank.
Now, that’s quite the big number, both in bills and total value it seems, but now let me direct you to the three bills at the bottom: That’s colombian currency, the Peso
These three are also the highest valued ones in Colombia, 10.000, 20.000 and 50.000 pesos, for a grand total of 80.000 pesos (part of my “shit finally hit the fan” emergency fund), and yes, that’s a lot of 0′s, but don’t let that fool you, as that currency is one of the most stable ones in latin America.
Anyway, here’s the kicker: all those venezuelan bills from earlier, those 250 bills? They are effectively worth the same as the two smaller colombian ones, the bigger 50.000 Pesos bill being worth almost twice as all that venezuelan cash.
(fat lazy cat for reference)
“But Enrique”, you say, “this is all fine and dandy, but that does that mean in actual world-class currency?” Well my friend, all those venezuelan bills? the 12.000 BsF that took me two hours to take out of the bank? They’re worth
12 US Dollars
And this, my friends, is why Venezuelan currency is worth less that the paper it’s printed on, but hey socialism/communism works, right?
PS: They internet states they’re actually worth more, but that’s because the internet uses the official government currency exchange, AKA the one no one but government officials can use these days.
PS2: Actually, there’s an even bigger colombian bill, the 100.000 pesos one, but I have yet to meet someone that has even seen it, as it was recently introduced and it’s used mostly for big bank transactions.
The sands of El Dorado Lash my tongue under tarp; Wishes born something golden, Fried eggs under beds And homes, abodes in progress, One peso at a time – A tale and tear with every grain, An allowance and granted only Broken window.
The ragged lump of pillow Where I now taste time, Reeks of mescal with my One white elbow Tapping one bronze elbow; Distant, under woven wanderings And tattered dreams of parents Wishing well – come subtle guilt, Whilst the roofs of a prior Tibet Tap atop my tether.
And while I ponder what strums – Atriums, tempest and tubular, I also reckon in what it means to be Held and held alike So that I can protect And protect alike; She’s waiting for me in “before” And in Mexico, in the “now,” So much sooner the past. So to sooner, broken the future.
And so mothers will cry in kitchens, Others laugh come the next fool And yet others, abandon others So that soon, recklessly soon, my feet Make a wonderful twist toward away; But at least I’d had this sunset – Something to ride off into like the Liquid dreams off a furrowed brow And at least we’d had “we” on more time.
The 2nd part of The Boy’s birthday gift to me was a box of 24 Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors from @artyanimalmnl on instagram. These behave slightly differently from traditional watercolors because they are originally meant for traditional Japanese paintings and their dense, smooth look such as sumi-e or etegami painting, with traditional Eastern color choices (a lot of red, a lot of green). This post is my review of these wonderful, unique paints which I think are part of the best birthday gift ever. :)
The dressing-down administered by Majority Leader Fariñas to the Head Executive Assistant of the Commissioner of Customs also had echoes of a longstanding practice in the legislature: to threaten executive offices with drastic cuts to their budget, abolition, or non-passage of needed laws, in retaliation for perceived slights.
So of the oldest traditions in our legislature is that whenever a congressman or senator feels offended by the behavior of an executive official, he threatens to reduce the budget of that official’s office to one peso. This practice, like so many others, has its origins in a specific event.
In his diary entry for September 26, 1936, FB Harrison recorded, “At luncheon, Quezon talked of his recent stiff remarks to the Assembly on their proposal to abolish the salary of Ruiz, Director of Posts,–which, he believes, was really an invasion of the constitutional privileges of the Executive.”
Here’s the great-grandfather of all such showdowns: the threat of the National Assembly in September, 1936, in the face of the “discourtesy” some of its members felt at the hands of the Director of Posts, to reduce the budget of the Bureau of Posts to one peso. The threat escalated into a confrontation between the National Assembly and the President. A confidential transcript of the caucus in which the confrontation was resolved, makes for interesting reading.
Read the transcript of the September 26, 1936 caucus below.
Okay. So who is Jose Rizal? Besides being the man Rizalito David was named after, he is in fact, our national hero, the face of the one peso coin in the Philippines. He was an intellectual who could speak most of the world’s languages during the time he lived (yes, that includes Malay). He first started out as an eye doctor but he was like “I want to do more” so do you know what he did? He became a journalist and an author too!
Because he was sick and tired of the Spanish treating us like shit at that time (we were a colony of Spain when he still lived), he wrote Noli Me Tangere (Touch me not) and El Filibusterismo (The Filibuster) during the time he briefly migrated to Spain. So those books really contained stuff against the Spanish government masqueraded as a romance novel (for Noli) and an action novel (for El Fili).
Apart from those, he also started a newspaper called the La Solidaridad with Antonio Luna (aka Heneral Luna) and some other Filipinos who like him, were expats in Spain. The said newspaper highlighted their grievances against the Spanish government in the Philippines to the Spanish government in Spain (who, unlike the Spaniards in the Philippines, were apparently nicer to the Filipinos).
Now, the Spanish govt. back in the Philippines eventually found out what he was talking about in those novels he wrote so they banned it from being sold in the Philippines and not only that - when Rizal decided to come back to the Philippines, he was arrested for crimes like insulting the Spaniards and betraying the Catholic Church (basically they branded him an atheist which he was not because surprise! He was a practicing Catholic, he just didn’t like the Spanish friars assigned to the Philippines because frankly, some of those friars were not doing God’s work properly and Rizal knew that well enough to call them out for it).
They sent him to Dapitan on exile where he met Josephine Bracken who went there because his father needed medical treatment and Rizal was one of the best doctors around that she has heard of. They fell in love and had a child, unfortunately, Rizal startled Josephine one time when he pulled a prank so much that Josephine suffered a miscarriage (the name of the unborn child is Francisco).
Rizal then decided to leave the country again, by sneaking into a ship bound for Cuba but surprise! The Spaniards found him and eventually decided to have him executed, partly because he violated his exile (that’s something like what happened to Jean Valjean who violated his parole except Jean was never killed off by authorities for doing so).
Knowing that his days are numbered, he apparently married Josephine in a small Catholic ceremony presided by a Jesuit priest and he apparently went to confession multiple times within the hours before his death.
He was shot to death via firing squad on December 30, 1896 at the Bagumbayan which is now the Luneta Park (which is also his burial place).
when we was first taking meetings after peso dropped one thing everybody told me was how my involvement of with my crew reminded them of jim jones flacko out here with the margiela mink im still out here in the sweatsuit aint shit changed i’ll still scrape up dollars and change *waka voice* i aint trippin off any of my mans shinin harder than me cuz one of us still shinin and he shine i shine we all shine haaaahn
Okay so, I’ve been in Cuba for two days and just now I found a hotspot I can connect to, but what a surprise the state controls it and they charge 1.5 convertible Cuban pesos for one hour, and it’s with these little fucking cards with login users and passwords so long you don’t wanna type them. You’re lucky if anything loads too.
So y'all won’t hear from me this whole week. Any message I’ll read them like next Saturday because honestly I’d rather be bombarded by thousands of old notifications in one day than paying the Cuban state for this shit.
In this exclusive cover feature with meg, Sandara reveals what she believes is her secret to success, how difficult it was to break through in Korea, what she still wants to achieve in her career (Clue: it has something to do with the Philippines!), and even how she was almost removed from 2NE1. We re-introduce you, Sandara Park.
Soundtrack of her life
A lot of 2NE1 songs may scream girl power, but Sandara shares what her personality is more like. “Almost all of our songs, like I DON’T CARE— they’re about independence. But its the opposite of my personality.”
I’M THE BEST— “maybe because I want to be that way, the lyrics are very confident but I don’t have that much confidence when i’m not on stage. That’s my dream song.”
LONELY — “I can relate to it.”
GOOD TO YOU — “its a song that is included in our new album along with COME BACK HOME. I can very much relate to it because it is about a good girl singing to a bad boy. It seems like I always fall in love with bad boys. So, its very relatable (laughs).”
“MAHAL KO KAYO (I LOVE YOU [plural])”
She captured every Pinoy’s heart in the first ever Star Circle Quest in 2004 and enjoyed a fruitful television and movie career, reportedly made up to one million pesos a month worth of commission from her KTexts (an ABS-CBN text messaging service pre-Instagram days), and dubbed the Pambansang Krung Krung of the Philippines. She loved and owned the title so much that to this day, her twitter ID is @krungy21. She makes it a point to watch Filipino movies via Star Cinema DVDs sent to her by fans—with this, Sandara actually improved speaking Tagalog despite living in Korea for the past eight years.
MEG: Sometimes you go to the Philippines in secret and for fun. What is it about the Philippines that makes you keep coming back?
DARA: I like the place! i like the beaches and the food. There are so many good memories from the Philippines that I won’t ever forget.
MEG: When you’re here, you prefer doing interview in Tagalog. Why?
DARA: Because at first, in SCQ, I did not know Tagalog. And people were telling others to not vote for me because I did not know how to speak Tagalog. Once I learned, I became comfortable in speaking Tagalog. And for the fans as well, they are happier that I did not forget how to speak Tagalog.
MEG: Aah, okay! I am curious about it because before in SCQ, your fan base was purely filipinos . Now your fans are from all over the world! Yet you still hold your filipino fans so dear to you…
DARA: I’m not sure, but I think my biggest fan base is still from the Philippines. Of course, its because we were together for a long time. They’ve been supporting me for 10 years already. They’re like my friends.
“I CAN DO IT.”
With absolutely no Filipino blood, she joined a program in search for a celebrity just for the experience. Cute, charming, but not a legit performer— that was the people’s impression of her back then. They say it was because she showed her vulnerability that endeared her to the judges (a tough trio composed of Boy Abunda, Gloria Diaz & Director Laurenti Dyogi) and to the fans.
MEG: I don’t know if you remember the feeling, but let’s go back to when you joined SCQ. When you auditioned, did you think you would win?
DARA: No, i didn’t even imagine
MEG: What did you think? What were your expectations?
DARA: Its like…Okay, I’ll try it for the experience. But I never imagined that I would enter the top 50, then top 20, and top 10. I really didn’t imagine/expect it at all.
MEG: Did that experience change you? Did you become more confident? Imagine, it really exceeded your expectations.
DARA: At first, I was really a cry baby! At top 10, top 5, I was always crying. But because of my fans, I became more confident. I saw their banners that had my name on it, their screams. I realized that I really can do it.
“I WANT TO BE LIKE THIS”
With reality shows , you quickly get thrusted into fame but you can also just quickly fade from the limelight. As the Philippines showbiz industry got more cutthroat and new talents started to gain popularity, Sandara decided to take things a step further by trying to make it in the K-pop world.
MEG: You decided to move to Korea around 2007, and then you started training for dancing and singing. And you were saying that you did not have any allowance back then. It really was just training only. When you started there, did you think you would make it this big eventually?
DARA: Not even, I didn’t even think about it. But I really thought to myself that I want to be like this, on stage. I think that is the secret to success.
MEG: Did you used to visualize singing & dancing on stage?
DARA: Mmm, that’s all I could think about.
MEG: So after all the training, all the hard work. You have to acknowledge to yourself that you’ve made it?
DARA: When we started recording, I wasn’t even sure. (At that time) They could still take me out after recording. But I felt it when we started shooting for our first commercial as a group with BIGBANG. And then finally when we shot the music video for FIRE, I said to myself, “This is it! Its really happening!”.
MEG: Do you remember the first time you heard your song on the radio or saw your video on TV? What did you feel at that time?
DARA: I can’t believe it! When I heard the song, we were walking and we stopped abruptly. I said, ‘Wait! let’s listen to it first!’, Its really like a dream come true.
“REALLY HARD. REALLY SCARY.”
Making it in the Philippines is extremely different from making it in Korea. In Sandara’s local career post-SCQ, she used to sing and dance novelty acts. In Seoul, she is an artist who performs international pop hits and does sold out world tours. It took years of training and intense discipline for Sandara to get where she is now, complete with six-pack abs.
MEG: No doubt, all the public sees is when you’re made up in magazines or performing on stage. In short, they just see all the glamour. How tough, or how difficult does it get behind the scenes?
DARA: It was very hard. Because if you’re a trainee, you do not know when you’re making your debut. You do not know when you will become successful. It was really hard at that time, and I was really scared. In Korea, it was cold. So lack of sleep, hunger, cold weather, almost every type of hardship it was there.
MEG: You mentioned to me that before you arrived here in Manila, you did not sleep for three days. Why is that?
DARA: Ah, we were shooting a music video for a Japanese album. Then after that, we had the photoshoot for the Japanese album. I went straight from the studio to the airport.
MEG: Wow I can imagine how tiring it was, but with your work, when you’re on cam, you are expected to look 100%. How do you deal with that?
DARA: Maybe, I was born to do this. (Laughs) Cause I’m really happy when I am in front of the camera. When we’re shooting, its like…magic.
MEG: What do you love the most about your job?
DARA: I love photoshoots. I like tapings too. But what I really love the most is if the live show has an audience. The energy is really different.
MEG: Do you get nervous? For example, during countdowns (seconds) before going on stage?
DARA: No! Those are actually my favorite moments, when you hear their screams. Its the most exciting.
MEG: So you don’t get nervous anymore? That’s so interesting!
DARA: Not anymore. But I was nervous earlier before entering the PBB house as a visitor.
MEG: Is that so? Why?
DARA: Its cause I do not know what will happen. On stage, I know what I need to do. If there is music, I don’t get scared. But if there isn’t any, I am a little bit shy.
“I DON’T READ THEM”
Then and now, Sandara has her fair share of bashers (antis). From non-believers when she was starting, to this who continue to bring her down.
MEG: Now you have so many fans, but when you were starting out, of course there would be haters. When you started in SCQ, there were a lot of people who did not believe that you can do it. They felt that, you’re not going to make it. What is your advice to girls like you who have a dream but people would tell them ‘You can’t do it, why are you still trying?’
DARA: Before, I remember I really had a lot of haters. But I think I did it/made it because I know that I had fans who would always support me. I really believe that I can do it, even if its just one person who believes in you, that’s enough. Just try your best to improve.
MEG: But what is your attitude towards bashers (antis/haters)?
DARA: I don’t read them. When I know its not something nice, I just don’t read it at all so it won’t affect my mood.
“MAYBE, I WANT TO.”
This year, Sandara along with CL,Bom & Minzy celebrated their 5th year as 2NE1 with their All Or Nothing concert tour. How did Sandy transform into Dara? According to her, she just dreamt it, visualized it, and worked for it. At 29, Sandara is living the life of her dreams.
MEG: What else do you want to achieve in your career?
DARA: I want to go on tour to different countries. I want to go to Europe, and Brazil. To far places. I also want to go back here (Philippines) to make a movie. Its one of my many dreams
MEG: That would be great! You think its possible, even with your very busy schedule?
DARA: Yes, well…when i’m not that busy anymore. Because there are always times where we’re very busy and then times when we’re not busy at all. So that’s what I always imagine.
MEG: What kind of project would you want to do if ever? Your movies before were romantic comedies.
DARA: Like those too! Romantic comedies is really my favorite genre. The ‘kilig’ (giddy movies/movies that leave butterflies in your tummy) here is really endearing.
MEG: Who will you be paired with? There are too many new actors here!
DARA: Seriously, I need a new partner. If possible can it be John Lloyd! (Laughs)
MEG: How about your personal life? What else do you want to achieve?
DARA: Personally of course, I want to have a love life in the future. But right now, I’m not really interested in getting a boyfriend because I’m still enjoying what I do. When I stop being busy, maybe I’d want to.
MEG: Are you allowed to date right now?
DARA: Mmm yeah, well our boss told us that after 3 years (into debut) its okay. And we’re already on our 5th year anniversary so…it should be okay? (Laughs)
“BELIVE IN YOURSELF”
When you come across Sandara in person, she is the same sweet, charming, and down to earth girl that she was before. She is unassuming when she enters a room and doesn’t draw attention to herself— its her amazing outfits and glowing pore less skin that do that. So how does this soft spoken girl transform into a super fierce pop star the moment she steps on the stage? “I don’t know, its like there is a switch, like magic,” Sandara says. She also says she was almost booted out of 2NE1.
MEG: If you were to give life advice to a young girl reading this, what would you want to tell her?
DARA: Like what I always say, “If you want something, try until you succeed. Never give up,” Like me, before I was just being sweet, but my dream was to have swag, to have charisma on stage. So I really tried hard to be a member of 2NE1. Before, I was cut by our boss. He told me it was because all I could do was look cute. So you should really try your best.
MEG: Ha?! What convinced him to put you back in 2NE1?
DARA: At that time, I sang Jlo’s Get Right. Its a bit hip hop so I practiced it every day for two months. With almost no sleep, I practiced so I can perfect it. So once I performed it in front of him, he nodded his head (in approval) and told me, “Okay you can practice together with them again.”
MEG: Looking back at everything you’ve been through, if you were to give an advice to the 20 year old Sandara, what would that be?
DARA: Be Happy. Don’t get too crazy, behave. Like that. I want to tell her to become confident, Its the only thing I didn’t have back then. Believe in yourself.
DARA’S MUST HAVES>>
She may be an international superstar but her basic needs and favorites reveals that she’s still the same Sandy we always loved.
ONE MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCT?
DARA: Blush— so it looks like you’re always fresh. Not too pink, but the right amount.
ONE MUST HAVE FASHION ITEM?
DARA: CAP OR HAT — Its my favorite item to complete my look.
ONE MUST EAT WHEN YOU JUST WANT COMFORT FOOD?
DARA: SPICY NOODLES WITH SOUP — But I can’t eat that these days, it’ll ruin my abs (Laughs)
ONE MUST DO WORK OUT?
DARA: Running on the machine — Even if its just 5km (3 miles) or running for 50 to 60 minutes is okay. It has to be everyday!