Updates + HipHouse: That’s So 90’s! (Pic Heavy)

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Outfit Post: Monochroma + Davao Bloggers Blocked Screening of The Avengers!

I’ve been wearing a lot of color lately, but the truth is that my closet is 90% black, white, or gray. This is what I wore to the Davao Bloggers + Globe blocked screening of The Avengers last Friday:

And given that The Boy and I had barely any time to get dressed after work to to Abreeza, throwing on a black and white dress over a pair of black tights was the fastest way to go from pambahay to casual without even breaking a sweat.

It’s been a really hot summer that so far shows no sign of letting up, so I’m thankful for the fact that my dress is sheer and breezy!

My favorite part is probably the transparent black tulle over the skirt. I’m a sucker for things like that.

Paired it with white creepers and gray/white/black bangles.

By the way, I’m thinking of ordering from Taobao soon, want to order with me so we can split the 500 Yuan limit and get a 35% service charge instead of 50%? I’m going to use Stalklife as a Taobao agent! :)

Okay I know that’s really confusing but to make it simple: Do you want to order awesome stuff really cheap with me??? Lemme know! Peeps in Davao only, plz. :)

Okay, on to why we were watching The Avengers a second time! I had free tickets from Globe’s Text Holiday promotion, which I blogged about here.

According to Karla, and I lifted this from her blog:

"The Davao Bloggers, in partnership with Globe Telecom, were proud to host blocked screenings of this awesome movie just last night (April 27, 2012) at Abreeza Mall. Over a hundred people were invited; and most of them were influencers in their own social circles. There were two screenings: 6:10PM for the 3D showing and 6:45pm for the regular one.”

Photo by Renz Bulseco

Karla is a columnist and events manager, I’m a musician. There were bloggers, poets, writers, photographers. Davao Bloggers + Globe = awesome.

On the day of the Avengers screening in Abreeza, tickets to the movie plus boxes of those super sims were given to me and 2 of my guests. I brought The Boy and my friend Migs.

We went to the 6:45 screening, preferring the non-3D version to the 3D one because we already saw it during the premiere. Here’s Migs scowling.

Each box of special sims they gave us contained 10 sim packs, to give out to friends and family.

As we went inside the theatre Jollibee had complimentary snacks and drinks ready for all the guests! I had a hard time balancing the extra food in my arms considering I’d bought snacks beforehand lulz.

I couldn’t take my camera inside, so I wasn’t able to get any decent photos of the raffle they held after the movie, where someone in the audience got a free phone.

I didn’t win but I didn’t mind, because I saw the love of my life:

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 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  BIBI  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

We’re married on Asgard, ok. Their laws are different so don’t gimme that look.

The Boy: “He’s skinny, cute, and has curly black hair. He obviously reminds you of ME.”


After the movie we went to Fully Booked, like dutiful nerds.

Migs got The Filipino Heroes League, cos Tres Komikeros supports local art/writers!

If you’ve got Avengers fever and need to hear other people talk about it or share your opinions on it, go over to Tres Komikeros and check out their podcast/review which will be out in a few days!

By the way, Migs, my husband and I are complete geeks. We always go to superhero/sci-fi/pop culture/comic book-related events/movies/cons with high expectations. We compare them to books we’ve read, we reference directors, actors, and authors. We always, ALWAYS do a complete analysis of movies we’ve watched on the way home. We talk during movies (quietly of course) and say to each other things like:

“OMG they did that scene straight out of the comic.”

"That is SUCH a perfect Tony Stark thing to say."

"Joss Whedon is a freaking genius geek deity."

"She’s totally his Buffy in this movie."

"Take THAT, Michael Bay!"

"I’m so glad they didn’t make Cap yell Avengers Assemble."

"Why can’t they just replace Bendis with Whedon. FOREVER."

It’s actually fun being a nerd. For one thing, you need to be smart to get references, and you actually need to know what the hell you’re talking about when you analyze a film, book or graphic novel. For example, the dirty look Maria Hill gave Tony Stark aboard the bridge was funnier when you know they have a love/hate/sleep-together-when-mad relationship in the comics. That aside, here’s my rating on The Avengers:

Dialogue: 10/10

Character development: 10/10

Special effects: 11/10

Sound/Musical Scoring: 8/10 (I’ve accepted that John Williams can’t do the score for EVERY Western movie I like, heh)

Casting: 9/10

Directing: 10/10

Ridiculously high scores, I know, but:

The scenes were tight, the dialogue was funny, snappy, the characters were well-developed, the actors were completely in character, and even though we were afraid it would seem like a TV show with a huge budget because of Whedon, it was still everything we hoped it would be.

It felt like a movie with all the expectations I had when I first went to watch Captain America, but with none of the disappointment.

I know I sound like a huge Joss Whedon cultist right now, but even if I had never seen Firefly or Serenity or Buffy, even if I had never read his Astonishing X-Men run, or watched Titan A.E, or Atlantis or even freaking Toy Story, I would still have enjoyed The Avengers.

Because it was just an excellently done superhero movie. And I appreciate well-done stuff.  It pains me to say it, but Thor and Cap were better written in this movie than in their own respective films.

I’m not gonna be a douche and spoil everybody about it right now, but I’ll probably do a written review in a couple of weeks. In the meantime:

Avengers Assemble,

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Outfit Post : HipHouse | Sunday Graphic Sunday

Just a quick post about the outfit I wore. I felt weird including details about my outfit on the Hiphouse entry, lol!

Doc Martens, Butthole Surfers/STP Graphic Tee, thrifted plaid skirt, yellow slouchie, DIY ribcage necklace

I was going for a 90’s vibe. <3

When The Boy and I got to the empty loft we usually use for HipHouse events, it was closed because Bagsy had the key and he was still on his way.

So we took refuge in Benito’s Cafe in Legaspi Suites while waiting for him, which has the best fucking chocolate smoothie in the entire universe. And sandwiches. Seriously, order their Bittersweet Chocolate Smoothie. Made of dark chocolate. It. is. DIVINE.

You need it in your life. (not in your healthy diet, but in your LIFE, ok)

Also I like it there because there’s a tab to surf in for orders above PhP300.

The Boy did not expect his sandwich to take up an entire plate. I had to help him finish it. It was easy to for me to help him. Cos I have a kind, giving, sweet, soul.

There are also books donated by members of a Book Club that frequents this Cafe. In the books you see little notes like “Please take care of this book. I really loved it when it belonged to me. Hope you enjoy it!”.

It made reading the copy of Como Agua Para Tsokolate that much more enjoyable when I took it off the Benito Cafe shelf.

Also, their decor is my sort of awesome.

"Don’t English Me, I’m PANIC!"

So that’s it for my short outfit post and why I love that little-known coffee shop in Legaspi Suites. The Boy and I used to have breakfast there (when we’re not in Selera) when he was still staying in this hotel to visit me when he flew in from Cebu. The staff already know us but they’re genuinely nice people so you’ll never feel awkward or out of place. Just comfortable, surrounded by books, wi-fi, and delicious food.

Chocolates Make You Smarter (true story),

Globe Always and Forever <3

I have never liked any other sim apart from Globe. I think I had a brief stint in which I was forced to use a Sun Cellular sim when my boyfriend at the time insisted on it, but I hated that the signal was so choppy. So even if it ended up costing me more, I still went back to my old Globe sim.

I’ve been using Globe since high school, and even though I’ve had countless phone changes (unlike my husband, who is capable of keeping the same phone and sim for 12 FREAKING YEARS without losing it), I’ve always bought Globe sims.

My first cellular phone back in 1997 was a clunky Sony Ericsson about the size of a bar of soap, it had an antenna that reached up to heaven and it cost my parents more than 25k a month to maintain it so I could call them and tell them “Hi Mom I’m going home na soon can I go get pizza wif ma frens first” and other important stuff like that every day after school.

So when Globe came out with texting and prepaid sims, it was awesome. It’s been true love ever since.

Ate Ria invited me to 2 hush-hush events, one at Claude’s (April 21) and one at the Marco Polo (April 23). I wasn’t able to go to the Claude’s event (in which it turned out Globe was giving away free Nokia phones to the people invited), but I was able to catch up to the Marco Polo one. I’m glad I did, even though I was so late and it felt like high school all over again!

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Team Manila Opening: Davao Branch | SM Annex, Ecoland

Team Manila opens their first store outside Luzon in Davao City. Inside the store are one of a kind, witty merchandise infused with that tongue-in-cheek humor and pinoy flavor that Team Manila has become famous for. Check out their display of amazing film cameras, lomo cameras, and other photography accessories as well!


Co-owners Jowee Alviar and Mon Punzalan along with the Team Manila Crew were there to usher in their creative work into Davao consciousness. Despite their success, these creative powerhouses are down-to-earth, funny, full of energy, and supportive of the art movement. They even participated in the last Hiphouse event, which definitely inspired a lot of young artists looking to do art professionally. You can definitely see why their joint endeavor has over 63,000 subscribers on Facebook alone, and growing!


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HipHouse: Sunday Graphic Sunday

HipHouse has held one successful event after another since the very first hangout, but the latest one, featuring graphic artists, graffiti artists, t-shirt designers, traditional illustrators, painters, and other visual artists, was what you could call a smash hit.

Cheekie, Bagsy, Gleb, and I first discussed the initial idea for it amongst ourselves and we curated the event, but in the end it was a success because a lot of artists participated, showed their work on a slide show/ reel projected on a screen, and mingled and made connections. Because that’s what HipHouse is about (that Davao has not seen until this year): a collective of ACTIVE artists, musicians, photographers, illustrators, filmmakers, event organizers, writers, and poets. Hiphouse is a living, breathing animal - it walks, it grows, and it is sentient.

What was already a pretty awesome turnout was made even sweeter by the appearance and participation of Mon Punzalan and Jowee Alviar, the owners of Team Manila, who also presented a slideshow of their work and imparted some very helpful tips for young artists looking to design/draw professionally. One of the things that struck me most was their story about using everything you experience to fuel your art. That one day they were eating at a karinderya behind their office and it turned into an instant idea for a popular t-shirt design. Something as mundane as a daily meal can become inspiration - which only means that everything can drive your imagination.


I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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HipHouse does it again! Sunday Graphic Sunday on April 22, 2012! Here&#8217;s the text on the facebook invite:They call Sunday all sorts of things: &#8220;Funday&#8221;, &#8220;Church Day&#8221;, &#8220;Family Day&#8221;, or &#8220;that day before the dreaded workweek rolls round&#8221;. At Hiphouse, this coming Sunday is SUNDAY GRAPHIC SUNDAY, when artists are encouraged&#8212;no, urged&#8212;to showcase their works to an awesome, appreciative audience! (Proof of awesomeness: we borrowed the title of a U2 song.) CALLING ALL ILLUSTRATORS, GRAPHIC DESIGNERS, GRAFITTI ARTISTS, AND ANY PERSON HANDY WITH PAPER, PENCIL, OR PEN TABLET: Come to Hiphouse on Sunday, April 22 and bring a slideshow of your most impressive works on flash drive so we can project them at Open Screen Night! Featuring: - Artworks by John Amor, Gleb de Pio, Ruki Trumata, Davao street artists c/o Angely Chi, and (INSERT YOUR NAME HERE IF YOU WANT IN!) (http://johnamorartist.com/)http://glebdepio.wordpress.com/) (http://www.rktrumata.blogspot.com/) (http://streetkonect.tumblr.com/) - A hearty Hiphouse welcome for Team Manila&#8217;s graphic design trailblazers Mon Punzalan and Jowee Alviar, who are in town for the launch of Team Manila in SM Ecoland Annex on April 24 (GO VISIT!) (http://teammanilalifestyle.com/) - Stripped-down set by Indie Songstress Jad Montenegro (http://jadmontenegro.tumblr.com/) - Chillectronica playlist by Miss Mixtape Cheekie Albay (http://humminginmyhead.tumblr.com/) - Bold, blithe bubbles courtesy of Events + Marketing Maven Karla Singson (http://www.bitchvarsity.com/) Artists who want to screen their pieces at Open Screen Night may contact John, Gleb, or any of the organizers to be part of the projector par-tay. We encourage everyone to BRING FOOD AND DRINKS to make sure everyone stays properly nourished throughout the entire artistic assault. And please do bring a bit of money for the rent and refreshments. Ditch all your preconceptions about Sunday being stay-in day. ON APRIL 22, WE HEAD OUT AND CELEBRATE ART.
Fashion posts on hold, time to rock your fucking socks off. Gig on April 21, Durian Bar. Rakrakan na!
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Havaianas: It’s Summer Every Day

A couple of weeks ago I got a call from Kathy asking me to be part of the Havaianas Project. The idea was I would be shot for M magazine (an established publication here in the south) - and they wanted me to be in it because well, I was me!

They sent a complimentary pair of flipflops to my house for styling:


I was kind of surprised. I thought, “Me? With my turquoise hair? And my tattoos and my clothes?” But they did want me exactly as I was, plus my guitar, lol. I was being shot as a musician, which is all sorts of awesome in my book. Remember when I was all, “YAY INDIVIDUALITY?” well, it proved itself that day.

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I couldn&#8217;t feel prouder if my own kid just took his first baby step.
Our very own revolution, called HipHouse, is featured in the latest issue of Edge magazine! Wow, dyahe ang laki ng face ko lol.Written by Cheekie Albay, photos by Aidx Paredes.To read the issue, turn to page 15 of the e-magazine! &lt;3

margoism replied to your photo: Barefaced for the Havaianas Photoshoot. Oh, and in…

Uy! Congratulations! Me proud of u ü either way, you still are beautiful though short hair is spunky.

Hee, thank you Margo! :D I’m terrified of deciding to cut it all off and then waking up the next day wishing I could undo it. You know naman, us women, nireregret ang anything hair-related. haha. <333

When I opened my inbox on facebook, this was what greeted me last week, with an invitation from Ate Ria.

Hi Jad! I would like to invite you and all your Tumblr/blogger friends to the Davao Bloggers Acquaintance Party and Induction of Officers. It&#8217;s on April 9, 2012, 2&#160;pm - 6&#160;pm at the Royale House Inn. The details of the event are at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/411191505561008/. Hope you and your Tumblr/artist friends can be part of our blogger events.  Ria Jose Founding President, Davao Bloggers

Awesome!If you guys are from Davao, and you would like to meet other Davao Bloggers, please feel free to attend this event. It&#8217;s an opportunity to meet people who think like you, get excited about the same upcoming events, and keep up on the same trends. Even if your lifestyle is completely unique and you have nothing in common with other bloggers (which I think is impossible), it&#8217;s still rewarding to meet the other denizens of the Internet. Think of it as exchanging links, but IRL. Okay IDK, lol.Hope to see you there! &lt;3
Can I just say that the HIPHOUSE party was AMAZING. Uploading photos tomorrow because I&#8217;m sick like crazy and I keep sneezing all over my desk and getting my germz everywhere.Also posting later, a preview of my music video, which was shown last night, to wild applause. When Bagsy showed it projected on the wall and I was standing there looking at a giant version of myself singing, and all these people cared enough to stop what they were doing to watch, my heart just kinda stood still, ok. That was the most awesome feeling ever.
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My friend Cheekie and I have an ongoing brainchild of a prod that we think is going to start off VERY SUCCESSFULLY! We were just talking about this two weeks ago and it&#8217;s actually happening tonight! We&#8217;re beyond ecstatic that our idea caught fire and our friends all responded to the call. What began as a group of listless friends looking for something fun to do in Davao other than just going to MTS and watching a show band gradually evolved into a community of artists, photographers, filmmakers, fashion bloggers and musicians who all chipped in to form a motley crew of creative minds!Our first idea for tonight is a HIPHOUSE PARTY. Here&#8217;s the text on the Facebook Event:Artists, writers, musicians, photographers, stylists, and fellow creative/indie types who are all for forming an alternative community here in Davao, come to the first-ever HIPHOUSE hangout! Featuring: - Music video launch of JAD MONTENEGRO&#8217;s &#8220;Ano&#8221; off the Fixed Points and Pendulums EP, directed by BAGSY FIOLA - Lovely acoustic set by Guitar-Picking Pixie JAD MONTENEGRO (http://jadmontenegro.tumblr.com/) - Crap-tastic laptop DJ set by Miss Mixtape CHEEKIE ALBAY (http://humminginmyhead.tumblr.com/) - On-site hipster photography by L&#8217;extraordinaire Lensman BAGSY FIOLA (http://www.studiobugsy.net/) - Photo slideshow by Snap-Happy Savant Aidx Paredes (http://aidxparedes.com/) - Illustrations by Comic Art Class Act JOHN AMOR (http://johnamorartist.com/) - Narrative short film screening by Celluloid Wunderkind LUCILLE MARNELLI (http://www.lucillemarnelli.com/) - Swanky DIY set design by anyone who can bring candles, mats, lights, and other handy odds and ends - Stimulating conversations on life, art, society, and yes, even local showbiz&#8217;s fascinating headlines - Whatever you wanna do, really&#8212;no bouncers, ballistic parents, or bad vibes here NO DOOR CHARGE! But please prepare a bit of money for the rent, which will be divided equally amongst ourselves (P600 for the first four hours, P150 for every additional hour) Everyone is welcome to BRING FOOD AND DRINKS to feed our burgeoning army. Head to the empty third floor studio at Southspot Studios along Anda St. The future of Davao&#8217;s alterna-underground spirit awaits!
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Photos From Last Night’s Gig

I decided to use my IXUS 130 all day yesterday because seriously, even though it isn’t a DSLR, I still love it. It’s a darn good camera and it’s about the size of a credit card with 14 megapixel capability. Excellent audio capture for taking concert vids too :D

Obligatory Lookbook preview.

Wearing random bangles and MY DIY MUSTACHE RING HOHOHOHO

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