Thursday, January 20, 2011

You've Been Hit By, You've Been Struck By

Before the first week of 2011 ended we already had a "Photo of the Year" front-runner. Now, assuming that the action in the clip below wasn't staged, we have a strong contender for "Video of the Year." Fast-forward to the 1:34 mark.

Wow. Just … wow.

Here it is again, this time from a different angle.

First, let it not be said that the victim didn't make it easy for the thief to operate. Pity him, but not too much. This incident ought to be a (very expensive) lesson to mind his things at all times.

Second, we can't deny that the thief has balls. He'll have time to learn this dance in the special circle of hell that awaits him.

Third, investigators should go over the CCTV footage like it's the Zapruder film. The thief didn't act alone, and his accomplices are right there on tape.

[Hat tip to Fit to Post via E. Perua on Facebook.]

Monday, January 17, 2011

No Matter The Order

I can count on Twitter to provide the occasional unintended lulz.

(At least it's funny to me.)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Back To Semi-kal

Yesterday I got rid of my fauxhawk.

It was a fun haircut to have—it made kids smile and giggle—but it was also very high-maintenance. By the second week the short- and long-haired sections were no longer as delineated as I would've liked them to be.

Also, it freaked out the straights too much.

I haven't sworn off that hairstyle, though. Next time I'm going to get a proper mohawk with the sides of my head shaved.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's Official

Vocalist Bamboo Mañalac has confirmed his eponymous band's reported break-up with the following statement:

Hello Everybody,

We started the band 2002 – 2003, playing for small venues or to whoever just wanted to sit down and listen to 4 old dogs that refused to grow up and continued to do what we know we were born to do (it took me awhile. I confess). No one believed in us at the start. Always with a chip on our shoulder we were able and willingly ready to prove doubters wrong.

Here we are 7 or 8 (to the few) years later. (A lifetime in this business.)

Things change.

As a group, we’ve come to a point where you have to trust your gut, your heart and your head and accept that all things change. The hardest part as always is to know when to pack it up and part ways. We've learned that this journey is not only about us but includes all who came for the trip. Family, friends and of course our front row believers who were there for the best reason of all. To simply listen. So it didn't come easy winding down to this decision.


That statement will not appease the group's fans. While it appears to be substantial, it doesn't squarely answer the most important question: Why? Only a handful people know, and perhaps it's best left that way, lest the band be demystified too much.

For now, Mañalac, guitarist Ira Cruz, bassist Nathan Azarcon, and drummer Vic Mercado expect to continue to make music, but no longer as a foursome. Their fans will have to make do with the band's existing catalog, and wait for a reunion concert.

Apologies, K

You're my kumare sa binyag and all, but I can't empathize with you when the little star is looking extra-adorable, smiling and sticking her tongue out at me. I just can't.

To please don't change that profile picture anytime soon.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dropping Like Flies

2011 has not been kind to Pinoy rock fans so far.

Last Friday Sugarfree vocalist/guitarist/founding member Ebe Dancel announced that he will soon leave the band. His impending departure seems to be a done deal, and it can't have been that surprising after he signed a solo deal with a different record label last year.

MTV Sugarfree
[Photo by Maxi Adrian San Agustin.]

Then yesterday, news broke that Bamboo has decided to disband. While they have not yet confirmed or denied the reports, things don't very look promising after the group released an ominous-sounding advisory.

[Photo by Magic Liwanag Photography.]

So, who's next?

(Please let it be a "pogi rock" act, please let it be a "pogi rock" act.)

Going back to Sugarfree, there will be no shortage of options for the soon-to-be orphaned drummer and bassist after Ebe leaves.Other bands have been there and done that.

One possibility is for one of the remaining members to take over frontman duties. This is what Rivermaya did when original vocalist Bamboo Mañalac left; they "promoted" keyboardist Rico Blanco, and the rest is history.

Some bands, meanwhile, brought in outsiders, with varying results.

After vocalist Ely Buendia left the Eraserheads, the remaining members brought in Kris Dancel, formerly of Fatal Posporos and Ebe's sister-in-law. If only because it resulted in fresh takes on E-Heads classics—"Magasin" told from a female perspective, anyone?—I believe that substitution was an inspired choice. Unfortunately the arrangement didn't last and the 'Heads disbanded without the new line-up releasing an album.

When Blanco himself quit Rivermaya, the band tried a different tack and staged televised auditions for a new vocalist. Jayson Fernandez won the search, joined the group, and the "Banda ng Bayan" lived on. Last I heard, they're still at it.

The now-defunct Mojofly was likewise successful for years after taking in Lougee Basabas following the departure of original vocalist Kitchie Nadal.

So we'll see. I think, though, that Sugarfree will go the Eraserheads way and disband. I might be wrong in saying this, but Ebe Dancel is Sugarfree. At the very least, he was the driving force behind the group. I guess now he'll have the time to make the (so far fictional) supergroup Row4 a reality.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

BRB, Getting A Pregnancy Kit

I know conventional wisdom says that smoking is an appetite suppressant, but this is crazy: since I quit in early November I've been having these sudden food cravings.

For instance, at the start of the week I wanted to eat Double Dutch-flavor ice cream. Midweek I wanted a big bag of R. Lapid’s chicharon cocktail (I couldn't resist their "Eat me… baby one more time…" come-on, heh). Then today I wanted a "how low halo."

Like I said, crazy.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Two Thinks

First thought: Someone let this dude be an English teacher?

[Screen grab from here.]

Second thought: My grade school alma mater now has a high school department? Wow. I wonder when that happened.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Adventures In Food

On the last day of 2010, I tagged along to the central business district in search of dog.

(You read that right. Canis familiaris. We weren't dyslexics on a religious quest for the singular deity.)

The eatery we went to had either run out or stopped serving it (I wasn't sure; the dialogue was in the local dialect). Undeterred, our group braved the horrible, horrible traffic and traveled to the neighboring capital municipality.

At an eatery near the provincial capitol we hit pay dirt. We ordered two different sautéed dishes and both turned out to be delicious, if a bit oily. The food was so good I put my spoon and fork aside midway through the meal and ate with my hands.

A few hours later we went to the city public market to get some dressed broiler cull chicken. There at the live poultry section I finally saw with my own eyes how they prepared chicken for pinikpikan. My education continues.