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I need to watch Slam Dance in full.

by on Jul.13, 2017, under Film & TV, Queer, Travel & Culture

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I just love this clip that showed up on my newsfeed recently. Apparently, it’s from a Thai TV series called Slam Dance, which now I need to watch in full. With subtitles, hopefully.

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An Atomic Film

by on Jul.12, 2017, under Film & TV

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Atom Araullo making his feature film debut in a movie by a re-emerging Mike De Leon (the Mike De Leon)… I’m in!

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Jessica’s got another writing boot camp.

by on Jul.11, 2017, under Literature, My Life

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Sometimes, I can’t believe it’s been over three years since that first writing workshop by Jessica Zafra. I was lucky to be part of that first batch, and not only did I learn a lot (and finish the first draft of my first novel), but I made lots of new friends that I still keep in touch with. We still occasionally hang out for coffee, conversations about books and more, or just catch up. Some of us formed and still run The Library Underground; although the site is dead (personally, I think a revival is in order), the social media accounts are still alive.

If you think all that’s great and want to see what it’s like to learn from a master slash the dominatrix of the universe, well, you’re in luck! Jessica has run several successful workshops after our batch, and she has another one this July!

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“Whitney hears you, honey.”

by on Jul.10, 2017, under Film & TV, Music & Theater

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Damn right, Tyra. That’s talent.

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Selamat siang, Bali!

by on Jul.09, 2017, under My Life, Travel & Culture

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Time for a de-stress. 👍🏻 It’s a bit rainy, but it’s still beautiful. Let’s see what the next few days have in store for us. First stop: Villa Sarna, just outside Ubud.

 

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Making The Straights Squirm

by on Jul.08, 2017, under Queer, Society

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This short video from Ministry of Funny could very well be the spiritual sister of UP Babaylan’s anniversary book from a few years back, Anong Pangalan Mo Sa Gabi? at iba pang tanong sa mga LGBT (What Do You Call Yourself At Night? and other questions for LGBTs).

In the clip, the interviewers asks random straight people (in the streets of Singapore, apparently) some questions commonly asked of LGBT people. The hilarious squirminess and/or bewilderment of the straights should make anyone realize just how inappropriate or foolish asking these questions can be when directed at non-straights.

Enjoy and learn.

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The DCEU is truly here.

by on Jul.07, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky

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From the opening credits of Wonder Woman

Because the true superhero legends are about to rise.

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I need a Donut.

by on Jul.06, 2017, under Queer, Travel & Culture

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Really, these Thai boys. They just make your day.

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Hello, Dolly

by on Jul.05, 2017, under Geeky, Society

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Did you know that Dolly the Sheep would have been 21 years old today?

Of course, some of you might not even know (or remember) who Dolly was.

Dolly, of course, was the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell – the donor cell having come from a mammary gland. Back in 1996, her birth/cloning/creation caused quite the controversy around the ethics of cloning.

All the same, it was a significant scientific breakthrough that led to others: mice, cats, cows, and more. The processs has garnered a lot of interest as a potential means of saving endangered species as well as possibly reviving extinct ones. Hopefully nothing of the Jurassic Park variety because, well, you know, not a pretty picture.

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No, Esquire, Manny no longer deserves our respect.

by on Jul.04, 2017, under Snark, Society, Travel & Culture

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Meme Credits: Change Scamming. Also, he should quit politics, too, and just go away.

A recent article from Esquire Philippines, published the day before the Pacquiao/Horn boxing match, posits that Manny Pacquiao still deserves our respect, at least respect for him as a boxer if not as a politician or whatever new persona he’s decided to pursue (preacher? basketball player? who knows what’s next?).

Perhaps if this were the year 2008 and Pacquiao still had not said and done all the things he has managed to say and do in the last few years.

But alas, it is 2017, and we cannot discount everything that Pacquiao has contributed (or not contributed) to our country’s socio-political climate since then. We cannot discuss him in a vacuum when the cultural discourse surrounding him has radically changed because of his own appalling words and actions.

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