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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 wandering teacher striving to enhance my skills. I'm also a longtime anime fan, and my all-time favorite anime/manga franchises include Detective Conan (Case Closed), MAJOR, Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X), Silver Spoon, 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!

Happy Holidays

Hey there. Hopefully, you've all enjoyed the holidays.

- I didn't receive any gifts this year. Many Christmas parties got cancelled anyway due to the tragedies in the past months, so it's understandable.

- I wanted to buy myself a drawing tablet, especially with the price being quite reasonable for my salary. Unfortunately, I don't feel confident enough that my current drawing skills actually warrant a drawing tablet. Better stick to paper and pencil for now.

- I'm a bit disappointed that there's a manga titled "I am a Hero". For the past few months, I've been toying around with the idea of making a manga series with that title, and then this piece of info comes along. I mean, it's not like it won a major manga award in Japan -- oh wait, it did.

Sigh. At least it's just the title that got taken and not the story I had in mind.

- I have two planned manga series. One involves a slice of Philippine history and the other will heavily involve pro-wrestling. I've had a lot of ideas already with how the story will flow; it all boils down to the art itself. Hopefully, it actually gets materialized within the next 5 years.

- Once upon a time, I had an idea of playing a pro-wrestling character who would be villainous and who would constantly look down on the audience as worthless parasites. A few years later, I learned that Chris Jericho played that exact role I had planned to play. Moral lesson: Fulfill your creative ideas now, or else someone with the same idea might use it first.

That's all for now. Happy holidays everyone.

My Really Tough Christmas Wishlist

This is what I want for Christmas:

- a waterproof beige/dark blue bucket hat with a zipper (refer to previous post)
- an original VCD or DVD copy of the film Bayaning 3rd World
- a paperback copy of Ron Paul's book Liberty Defined

Now here's the problem with all these three items: they're really hard to buy.

The bucket hat would have been easy and cheap to buy since I now know where to find it. However, the store that was selling this bucket hat went up in flames yesterday. So now I'm back to finding that hat again.

For the VCD, I actually found a place to buy the item. The problem is that I would have to buy two other VCDs at the same time. And honestly, the other films being sold ain't my cup of tea.

Lastly, the Ron Paul book isn't available until next month. Sure, there's a hardbound copy available already, but I'm not a huge fan of hardbounds and it's a bit expensive for my budget.

So there. Guess I'll have to find something else. *sigh* But if someone buys it for me, that would be a blast.

That's all for now. Might post something else later. Have a merry Christmas everyone.

Christmas Words

Well, it's finally Christmas Day. So how have all of you been?

My Christmas was okay. Attended the Christmas mass, had a little Christmas dinner, then had a little Christmas sleep. Basically, that was it. If you're curious as to what we ate, we had baked macaroni, fruit salad, and some roast pork (not sure if that's the term for it, though). I slept early than usual since my body was a bit tired.

As for gifts, the only one I received was the PHP 1,500 cash gift (approx. US$ 30) that my grandmother gave me. I don't plan on spending it, though. I'm gonna have my thesis once I become a senior student on June next year, and a few reliable sources have told me that funding for the thesis would cost at least PHP 10,000 (approx. US$ 200). As such, I need to start saving as early as now in order to minimize any problems I'll have with the thesis before I even encounter such problems. Yes, it's a group work, but I can't always keep on depending on my groupmates to finance the thesis work.

Anyway, I have a new fanword out right now in time for the Yuletide season. It's entitled, Anime Christmas Carols, and is basically Christmas jingles with an anime twist. This is actually a repost of what I made back in 2005, but with an added bonus. And...well, you can always click the link on top to read it.

And that ends my post for today. Happy Holidays!

Anime Christmas Carols

ANIME CHRISTMAS CAROLS (AUTHOR'S NOTE: This was originally posted on December 20, 2005 at theOtaku Articles. A new jingle has been added to adapt to the times. Hopefully, the Christmas spirit is still as lively as it wa...

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Rush up to the stage of dreams!

Anime: Major. Taken from Owned by respective owners.

  • I've uploaded a new avatar yesterday, but my computer is still showing my Conan avatar. If ever you see my avatar (probably in my Portfolio page), could you please tell me how it looks like? Is it still Conan or is it different already?
  • Not too long ago, I mentioned in this post how my World got over 8000 hits in six months. Exactly a week later, my World got 9000 hits. It was that fast. When you consider the number of comments that my World gets in every post, I can't help but wonder where these visits are coming from.
  • I'm starting to like the anime series Major. The series centers on Goro Honda, a boy who aspires to become a baseball player like his father and plays for the Little League Baseball. As the series progresses, Goro continues to pursue that dream during his teenage and young adult years. I'm no fan of baseball so I wasn't attracted to this series in the beginning. But later on, the story of this series and the character's profiles caught my attention, and it really got me interested. Not to mention the fact that I also enjoyed listening its opening theme songs. (P.S. This show is being broadcasted on a local cable network here, so I watch it directly on TV.)
  • It's really odd that a guy like me who regards sports as his weakness would enjoy watching sports-oriented anime series. Aside from Major (baseball), there was also Hajime no Ippo (boxing) and Eyeshield 21 (American football). And yet, I didn't like Baki the Grappler and Ultimate Muscle even though it focused on wrestling, which is one sport I enjoy watching.
  • While going home yesterday after attending an appointment with my classmates for our class project, a couple of kids went inside the jeepney I was riding and started to sing Christmas tunes. That officially reminded that it's Christmas season already. By the way, Christmas season in the Philippines doesn't begin on December 24. It begins on September, the first of the four "-ber" months.
  • On October 18, I'm going to be spending my 5th year of existence in this site. (Normally I would say "the 5th anniversary of my myOtaku", but my myOtaku is semi-retired already.) So I plan on posting a weekly fanword as part of my celebration. Hopefully, the plan pushes through.
  • By the way, the title of today's post is a quote from Major.

    That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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