“Her words are those of one whose hands are still clean. She is dreaming. The sword is a weapon for killing. No fine words will change that. But I vastly prefer Ms. Kaoru’s fond dreams to that of reality.” – Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

This blog post is going to fail in so many ways. For instance, I can’t even begin to properly write about the epicness that is the Rurouni Kenshin (“Kenshin the Wanderer”) live action movie.

I’d neither seen the anime, nor read the manga. But I happened to stumble on the trailer and I thought it looked really good. Then the rumors about it screening in the Philippines began to circulate, then SM announced they were showing it in their theaters. Four days before the opening day, half the seats had already been sold for the last full show in Megamall. So I caught it on the first day. Then watched it again the day after. And then again the next day. Thus began my slow descent into madness — as of writing this, I’d already seen it seven times in the theater since it opened in the Philippines last December 5.

Himura Kenshin was the assassin known as Battosai the Killer, on a mission from his clan to help defeat the forces of the Shogun, who was trying to hold on to power against the Emperor who was, in turn, trying to bring about a unified Japan under a modern, centralized government. Kenshin embraced the distasteful work of killing, for the promise of a new age of peace and rule of law. As soon as the Boshin war was over, he gave up his sword to be a rurouni — a wanderer — going around helping people. He had no home, just a mission to find peace within himself and atone for his past sins. Ten years later, a series of murders occur, seemingly by the killer Battosai, but it is only a small part of an emerging evil in Tokyo, and pretty soon Kenshin is forced to confront his past again.

I was trying to avoid doing a list, but I’m afraid it can’t be helped. Because I’ve seen it seven times, here are seven reasons why Rurouni Kenshin is awesome:

  1. The film is beautifully shot. I know next to nothing about how Japan looked in the Meiji era, but wow, was everything pretty, and not in an art-directed way. The costumes, the sets — they all looked, well, real. From the blood-soaked battlefields to the tranquil river scenes to the sandals on the characters’ feet.Rurouni Kenshin
    And don’t get me started on villain Kanryu’s study — I want one exactly like it, but I’m afraid I’ll probably start plotting evil things once I start hanging out there. (Sadly, I couldn’t find a decent pic online.)
  2. The language is pretty. The characters speak differently from how Japanese speak in the modern day — at least if the way characters speak in modern Japanese dramas is any indication. It was almost lyrical, although not cloying.
  3. The dialogue was extremely well written. You can appreciate it even if you don’t understand Japanese and only have the English subtitles to to go by.
  4. Satoh Takeru, who plays Kenshin, is gorgeous. Do not try to slap him, you’ll cut your hand on his cheekbones. Whenever the camera focuses on Kenshin’s cross scar on his cheek, we take it as an opportunity to porn his perfect pouty lips.rurouni_kenshin2

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So Iggy nominated me for the Liebster blog survey. Thanks, gurl! The mechanics of the Liebster is this: when you get tagged, answer the questions, then come up with 11 questions that you want to be answered by the bloggers you nominate. Liebster is German for “Thank you”, by the way. At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a list of some of my favorite bloggers whom I nominate for the Liebster blog survey.

It’s been a long, tiring, draining, I-just-want-to-cry kind of day. What do you do for comfort?
Eat a tub of ice-cream while watching television (preferably something with lots of gore, like Criminal Minds and Supernatural), then sleep.

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Name one crush that usually makes your loved ones go “Really? That guy? You like him? You sure?”
I don’t tell my people who my crushes are, only celeb crushes, and they don’t really count, haha.

I’ve been mentally dating Sean Bean since I was fifteen.

If you could be dressed by just one designer/brand, who/what would it be and why?
Forever 21. They have cute stuff, and their catalog is huge. They have outfits for any occasion, from grocery shopping to clubbing to business meetings.

Forever 21

One movie you will never ever be tired of seeing.
Mel Brook’s “History of the World, Part I”

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L.I.T.E.R.A.L.

“What will make you truly feel that you’ve made it as a writer? Seeing your byline? Holding the book in your hands? Seeing it climb up the charts? Your first book launch? What will finally get you to tell people that yes, you are a writer?”

I’m still working on my first book (books, actually, as I’m working on three at the same time) but I’ve been published online and in print. Articles, essays, etc. I haven’t “made it” yet, not by a long shot.

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So a lot of us have Bucket Lists, right? I kinda have one. I also have what I call “The Apocalypse List” — a list of things I need to do before the apocalypse, because while some of us might survive the end of civilization, there are just some things you can’t do after the zombies/robots/bunnies take over the world.

Apocalypse List Item: Uh, model on a real fashion catwalk.

At 5’2.5″ and 140+ lbs, I’m hardly model material. But online store Ava.ph put a call out to their subscribers, asking us to sign-up if we were interested in joining their segment in the Glorietta Vibe fashion show on November 29, where they will attempt to break the Guinness world record for most people modeling on a catwalk. So I sent in my name, age, and full-body photo. Three days ago, I got the “Congratulations! You have been chosen to walk the New Glorietta Vibe catwalk!” email, with instructions. Apparently, we’ll be in the AVA segment, which meant we’ll be wearing the black AVA shirts and carrying Baggu and Rags2Riches bags on the runway. (Does this make me a Bag Lady in the show?) I’m totes excited. They said to wear shoes with heels of a minimum height of two inches. Hah. I’m bringing my four-inch heels to this party. (I hope I don’t trip. I don’t wanna be fashion roadkill.)

Glorietta Vibe

{Next on the Apocalypse List: Break a Guinness world record.}

Hope you NaNoWriMo folks are having fun!

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts on November 1st.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, the idea is that you pull out all the stops to write 50,000 words of a new novel in 30 days, or around 1,670 words every day during the month of November.

Every year around this time, something else starts too: NaNoWriMo Snobbery. Professional writers, who the other eleven months of the year seem like the nicest, most generous and friendliest people, suddenly start tipping their noses in the air and saying or even writing things about how NaNoWriMo and the people who partake in it are belittling their profession, ridiculing their craft and making a mockery of the 1,670 words they write every single day of the year in order to make a living.

Now, usually I just grit my teeth and try to ignore it, but this year I’m finding it impossible—and…

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The other day, after a dinner of super-sized bowls of noodles at Ramen Cool at Kapitolyo, we decided we just had to go get coffee at Subspace. M wanted to try their specialty, the Purple Potato Latte which we’ve been raving about since forever. I wanted cake. I couldn’t get coffee because I didn’t want to be awake all night and the idea of decaffeinated coffee is just too weird for me, so I settled for a hot chocolate.

We all got fun latte art on our drinks. Until the apocalypse comes, we should all just learn to sit back and enjoy our coffee and our latte art.

Latte art at Subspace Coffeehouse

Puppy! (And a blueberry cheesecake.)

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So a bunch of citizens, including members of Filipino Freethinkers (an org I’m affiliated with) have filed ethics violation complaints against Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III for instances of plagiarism in his speeches. I say it’s about time. It’s ridiculous that we can’t hold a senator to at least the same ethical standards as, say, a second grader.

This morning, while I was riding a cab home from Makati, the radio was tuned to a news channel. I don’t know what station or program it was, but the hosts were discussing the ethics violation complaints. One of them suggested that the citizens who filed the complaint were lying when they denied that filing the complaint had nothing to do with the Reproductive Health Bill, of which Sen. Sotto has been a staunch, tireless critic.

Now, of course, technically, plagiarism is plagiarism, whether or not your speech has to do with the RH Bill. However, it may be better to take the Jack Ryan defense when accused of filing ethics complaints against Sotto.

What’s the Jack Ryan defense? Well, in the movie Clear and Present Danger, a man tied to drug operations is killed along with his family. It happens that the man is linked to the president of the United States, and the POTUS’s staff were trying to figure out how to keep him from getting bad publicity from all this. Ryan suggests that instead of denying he had any affiliation with the drug guy, he should do the opposite, and then some. If the press asks the POTUS if he knew the man, the POTUS should say, “No, I was his friend.” If the press asks the POTUS if he was friends with the man, the POTUS should say, “No, we were lifelong friends.” It would make the POTUS look like he wasn’t trying to hide anything because he wasn’t guilty of anything.

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I had an apointment with my uncle the other night, and it turned into a dinner with him, my aunt and my three cousins at the new Japanese restaurant Marufuku.

The sign on the front door said “Soft opening”. Which I guess means they’re still ironing out hiccups in the operation. The staff didn’t do so badly — one of them served the salmon sushi claiming it was the sashimi, but other than that, we got decent service. The food was excellent. I had the seafood and vegetable ramen and the salmon sashimi.

Marufuku - salmon sashimi

I love salmon sashimi.

Marufuku - seafood and vegetable ramen

Ramen!

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It’s almost here! It’s Book 5 of one of my favorite comics series ever.

In a city where the aswang control everything that is illegal and where ancient gods seek to control everything else, enforcing the law can be a very difficult task.

When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police normally call Alexandra Trese. Lately, it seems like others have been taking that call.

A mysterious racer has been breaking the speed limit, running after and capturing criminals.
A masked giant has been demolishing drug dens and breaking up gangs.

Trese must confront these supernatural crime-fighters and bring order back to the city, before the underworld attempts to seek balance in its own way. Read the rest of this entry »

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