First List for 2008

I love making lists. I make grocery lists, lists of stuff I want to buy, lists of dishes I want to try cooking, lists of bills I have to pay for the month, etc. Every time I go home to CDO, I list down all the things I brought with me (including the clothes I wore on that day) so I won’t forget anything on the trip back. Weird? :P

Sometime last year I started doing these lists of five things of anything. At first I thought of doing lists of ten but then ten seemed a lot so I decided on five, which seemed like a more reasonable number. I started with the very topic that inspired (or pushed) me to do these lists:

Five Things I Would Rather Do Instead of Work
1. Write
2. Play pool
3. Play ultimate
4. Watch movies
5. Read

The next few lists I made were the Five Things I Need To Do To Work On My Writing, the Five Things I Liked About This Guy, and the Five Things I Liked About This Other Guy. Oh yeah, pretty serious shit, I tell you. Haha. So these lists are about as mindless as they can get, but looking at them makes me feel better sometimes. I think my latest list has more potential:

Five Things I Want To Do in 2008
1. Quit smoking forever
2. Get inked once and for all
3. Travel more
4. Love whatever job I’m doing
5. Write more

So far I think I’m off to a good start with this one. I haven’t touched a cig since Christmas and I haven’t felt like lighting up at all. Yay! About the tat, deadline schmeadline. Did you know that the tattoo shop at Galle accepts plastic? How commercial, right? Haha. :P Regarding traveling, I decided that I should take advantage of any travel opportunities as long as time and finances permit, and that is why I am joining a friend and her friend’s friend and her friend’s friend’s friend (holy friendster network, batman!) on a trip this summer. We haven’t finalized the details but our tickets have been booked! About the job bit, the first thing I decided I could (or should) do is to quit griping about it and look at things from a different perspective. I’m still trying to get my head around what I really want to do and I don’t want to stress about it too much. As for the last item on my list, I can’t really force myself. I feel positive about this year. This year really feels promising. This year I’m really going to take care of myself. This year I have a feeling I’ll be a bit broke. Haha. Oh well, such is life and life costs money. :P

Playlist of the Week

I’ve been living off these three songs this week. They are practically the only tracks I’ve been listening to. I don’t know, I’m just obsessed with them for some reason or other.

Dig by Incubus. I love this song because it’s by the best band in the whole world and because it reminds me of my sister. I use the chorus as my alarm tone and my sister heard it when I was home for the holidays and she liked it so much that she kept playing it. Because of that, this song rocks even more. Plus I’ve always loved Incubus’ clever way with words. Who else can come up with lines like these:

If I turn into another, dig me up from under what is covering the better part of me. Sing this song, remind me that we’ll always have each other when everything else is gone.

Hate That I Love You by Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo. Have you seen the video? Rihanna’s gorgeous and so is this track. Yeah, yeah, it’s sappy stuff, but it’s uber cool sap. Very catchy, too.

And I hate how much I love you boy, I can’t stand how much I need you (yeah). And I hate how much I love you boy, But I just can’t let you go. And I hate that I love you so. One of these days maybe your magic won’t affect me, and your kiss won’t make me weak. But no one in this world knows me the way you know me, so you’ll probably always have a spell on me.

Misery Business by Paramore. I first saw the video of this and I thought it was Ashlee Simpson trying to rock out. I was shocked that she actually sounded good. Then I realized it wasn’t little Ashlee and the world made sense again. Haha. I heard the acoustic version on radio and it just made me wish I had the patience and passion to master that damn guitar. Sigh. Anyway, their website calls them a pop punk band. I prefer to call them cute-punk. The girl sounds and looks so cute.

Whoa, I never meant to brag, but I got him where I want him now. Whoa, it was never my intention to brag, to steal it all away from you now. But god does it feel so good, Cause I got him where I want him now. And if you could then you know you would.

Viggo My Bad-ass Hero

Even if you are not obsessed with Viggo Mortensen like I am, you must watch Eastern Promises. It’s an absorbing movie about one of the Eastern European organized crime families in London. There are differing opinions about the movie, but I like it because I love Viggo Mortensen and I am utterly biased. Haha. Seriously, I like the tone of the movie – dark, quiet, heavily charged. Plus, I find stories like this kind of fascinating in a criminal and morbid way. If not for Viggo dearest and the other talented people behind it – director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) and actors Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Naomi Watts – watch it for the brutal fight scene where Viggo wears nothing but his myriad of prison/mafia tattoos. Oooh. No, you won’t see his badoodle (what?), but the action is graphic. :P

Manic Friday

There are so many things in my head right now and I am praying to explode (or implode maybe).

I’m listening to NU107 and, as what always happens when I’m listening to music I like, I want to do nothing but drown drown drown in the sound. I miss watching Pinoy bands live.

At the same time I’m surfing the net and reading about independent/cult films I’ve missed and I feel besieged with the desire to somehow find all these films and not leave my apartment until I’ve watched them all.

These days I’m also obsessing again about t-shirts, indie shirts, band shirts, whatever. I feel weird obsessing about shirts. I’m thinking I want to screen print my own shirt one of these days. Crap, I wish I was artistic.

Speaking of obsessions, I think I have the design I want inked on my back, but now I’m thinking maybe I should get in shape first before I do anything. I need to tone my lazy ass. Argh. I’m too lazy to exercise. Must play ultimate tomorrow.

I’ve been surfing (stalking) people’s blogs too. I stumbled onto the blog of rising indie actor and musician Ping Medina, spawn of the great Pen Medina. Now I think I’m having one of my week-long crushes again (last week it was Justin Long, as a result of having watched Die Hard 4). I’ve only seen one film of the guy – Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros. great film.

I’m too lazy to do any work right now.

Thank God it’s Friday?