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WHO I AM

You can call me The Mask. In some sites, I'm also known as Detective Mask. I was born on April 12, 1990, making me 24 years old as of this time. I've been a theOtaku member for over 10 years already.

I'm a licensed teacher and I currently work part-time as an undergraduate psychology instructor. I'm a longtime anime fan, and my all-time favorite anime shows include Detective Conan (Case Closed), MAJOR, Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X), and Death Note.

Some other notes: I'm a loyal Detective Conan fan for over a decade already. I'm also a pro-wrestling otaku, mainly with WWE. I love learning about history and I have a soft spot for social psychology.

It's great to have you in my Cafe. Feel free to browse around. Take care and may you have a nice day!

The Mask. Age: 24

Alright, time for my annual birthday post. Since I really don't have a lot to say, and since I share the same birthday as David Letterman, I'm gonna list down my thoughts in 10 statements (or as I would lazily call it, "Top 10 style").

1. It's my birthday! OMG! Much awesome! Such old! Very adult! (Yeah, I'm trying too hard with the Doge meme.)

2. Whittaker's Peanut Slab is my birthday chocolate this year. And honestly, I couldn't think of any other chocolate to celebrate my birthday with.

3. For today, I bought myself pinhole glasses, training chopsticks, an earbud yo-yo, and some peanuts. Pretty odd personal gifts, huh?

4. Daniel Bryan is now the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. So allow me to use this line to shout YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

5. Okay, one line is not enough. Here I go again: YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

6. Gifts I would've wanted for my birthday: a Daniel Bryan Yes! T-shirt and a paperback book on how to run a pro-wrestling promotion. What's that, you're gonna buy it for me?

7. What was my birthday dinner? Chinese dimsum buffet! So fulfilling yet so cheap.

8. Something to rave about: Silver Spoon is one amazing manga and anime series. Kudos to Hiromu Arakawa for making an intelligent, realistic, and genuinely hilarious agricultural manga.

9. Allow me to formally introduce my current fan art pastime: manga pro-wrestling drawings. It would be great if you checked it out and left some feedback, since it is my birthday and all...*nudge*

10. I'm sad that my fellow birthday celebrant David Letterman is retiring from the Late Show. But I'm sadder that they chose Stephen Colbert as his replacement instead of ME! C'mon guys, I'm a funny guy with glasses too! (Just kidding! Best wishes to you, Dave and Stephen!)

That's about it for today. To end this piece, here's the song that inspires me the most these days: Kokoro E (from the anime "Major") by Road of Major . It's in Japanese, but if you get to understand the lyrics, you may be able to see how it gets to energize me a lot as I face the challenges of life.

A message from the late Ultimate Warrior

"Every man’s heart, one day, beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized."

- Ultimate Warrior (1959-2014), from his speech in Monday Night Raw a day before his sudden death

I was never a huge fan of the Ultimate Warrior, mostly because I became a fan of the WWE during a different era. However, I was somehow able to witness the legend of the Warrior through various clips of his wrestling moments.

But above all, I was able to experience his induction to the Hall of Fame and his speech on Monday Night Raw. It feels so shocking and depressing to learn that he eventually passed away after making that speech. I was never a big fan of him, but the timing of all this has made me really sad and be tearful as a pro-wrestling fan.

May your soul in peace, Ultimate Warrior. My condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

A Colleague's Death

Tonight, I just learned that one of my veteran colleagues in the university had passed away apparently due to a stroke. This is really shocking for me because she was still in good spirits the last time I saw her.

Admittedly, I really didn't get to bond a lot with her, particularly because she had a separate office as a result of her other duties in the university. But back when I was just a new teacher, I got to spend a good amount of time with her as we were working on accreditation documents. And then, she also made us feel welcome in her home as we celebrated the department's Christmas party there. At some point, she also gave me guidance on some matters, particularly with the entrepreneurship course I had to teach. All in all, she had been so nice to me and helped me feel welcome in the university. In a way, I guess you could say that she was like a mother figure in our department.

It just feels weird and depressing to hear this news. This definitely begins this week on a very sad note.

Thanks for the memories, Ma'm. I pray that you will now be able to rest peacefully with the Lord.

Missed The Anime Convention

Today was this year's Otaku Fest. If you guys remember, it's the same annual event where I shamelessly dressed up as Detective Conan a few years ago.

Unfortunately, I had a lot of things to do, both in work and in graduate school. As a result, I ended up not joining the event. I was hoping to see my students in that event and be the troll teacher who takes pleasure in seeing their surprised looks in a most unlikely venue. But I guess it will have to wait for another day. Oh well.

On other otaku-related matters, I'm now starting to follow the anime Silver Spoon these days. It's a fun show, and it's a show that somehow hits close to home as I see the young Yugo Hachiken learning facts of life struggling to find a dream to pursue. In a way, I saw myself in Hachiken with the identity crisis he's facing despite the fact that he was excelling in academic activities. Once I have the time, I might do a more comprehensive review/analysis of Silver Spoon in the future.

That should be it for now. Take care and have a nice day.

A Question for the Youth

What's the point of gaining money and fame if you lose your sanity and your life in exchange?

People may praise you for your accomplishments. But if you lose their respect, what's the point?

People may be jealous of your achievements and your high salary. But what's the point if it means that the remaining hours of your life are slowly reduced each time you're forced to stay up late just so that you can cope up?

What's the point of having all the degrees in the world when you can't even work properly in your job?

What's the point of becoming a "master" as quickly as possible if you just end up not mastering what you were supposed to have mastered?

There are things in life that are meant to be taken slowly. Unfortunately, people today just want to do everything quickly, so that they can succeed quickly. Many people just want to compete with other people so that they would succeed first than others. But by doing that, you may have just cost yourself your life.

Be careful with your life and your decisions. You may not realize how much it will affect you until it's too late.