Monday, February 28, 2011

holy cow it's Oscars night.

Beneath all the high fashion couture dresses and clean cut guys we see on the red carpet, they're there for one reason and one reason only: to beat down all the other movies with their movies and make them eat dirt! ha!

But seriously though, I'm trying to squeeze in every movie that I can watch in my vacant time now but I believe I don't have the hours to watch all of the nominated films for the 83rd Academy Awards. What a shame. I kind of wanted to relate what people were saying about The King's Speech, The Kids Are All Right, Winter's Bone, True Grit or The Fighter.


Buuuutttt... I did get to watch Inception, The Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Social Network and Toy Story 3. Mostly I just focus on watching the films that are nominated for Best Picture because I believe that one brilliant film would sum up and represent the very best of 2010.



I wonder how this will play out during the actual event. I remembered actually relating to why The Hurt Locker won Best Picture in 2009, and how Jamal and Latika won my heart in Slumdog Millionaire on 2008. I wanted to give my predictions for this year but alas, I haven't watched it all. T minus 3 hours and it shall start!

Oh and I've noticed that since 2009, the nominees for Best Picture has climbed up to 10 which is usually just up to 5. Meeehh.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Manga: My Top Five Faves

How has everyone fared in February? I do hope it has been a good month for everyone. :)
Its been a busy month for me and I'll try making it up to everyone. Anyway, for this week's post, I'd like to share one of the things I am interested in which is Manga or Japanese comics. I also watch anime but since I have lesser time, I read. I'd like to share with you the top five titles I try to get myself updated with regularly.

                                                                          5. Bartender
Ryu Sasakura

Written by: Araki Joh
Illustrated by: Kenji Nagatomo
Genre: Slice of Life

It is about a one of a kind bartender (Ryu) who makes the perfect cocktail mixes for his customers. His cocktails are called "glass of the gods" because they are perfect for whatever mood the clients are in.
The manga changed my view about bars and bartenders. In a bar, different stories are told and sometimes a drink can heal old wounds and make bonds that lasts after years.
It also introduces different types of wines and their history. It actually makes you wanna drink the wine that the story talks about.

"I think... what this liquor holds is a prayer" Ryu Sasakura when asked what a bottle of Eau De Vie (Brandy) contains. 

4. Skip Beat
Ryu, Kyoko and Sho
Written by: Nakamura Yoshiki
Illustrated by: Nakamura Yoshiki
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Shoujo, Romance
The story is about a girl (Kyoko) who wants to become a star to get revenge on the man who broke her heart.
I really like this manga because Kyoko is a sweet girl at first, martyr and kind but as the story progresses, you get to see the reason why she takes on a stronger personality and still maintain a feminine stand. And also because, she maybe the protagonist but she doesn't get beaten around like some other stories.

"Even if..It’s God’s will..,
Even if..It’s Destiny..
I shall..Destroy it.
Even if....I must go against God
" Ren Tsuruga, one of the male protagonist, on making a move on Kyouko.



Kawai Maria
3. Akuma To Love Song
Written by: Tomori Miyoshi
Illustrated by: Tomori Miyoshi
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance, Shoujo
She looks like an Angel but every time she has a very sharp tongue and very straightforward. The Manga centers on Kawai Maria. She looks so innocent and fragile but actually she's a girl who is very frank and honest with what she says to the point that it offends other people.
I like the drama in this series because it isn't common. Also, you learn to appreciate the honesty that she shows others and the effort she gives in making friends who accepts her for who she is. Also, the manga makes you contemplate on a lot of things.


"Why doesn't the witch, who can use her magic to transform a shabby girl into someone lovely, cast a spell on herself? The witch does not use the magic on herself because she knows the emptiness that follows when the spell breaks." a quote from the manga.


Daisuke and Hina
2. Bitter Virgin*
Written by: Kei Kusunoki
Illustrated by: Kei Kusunoki
Genre: seinen, slice of life, drama, psychological
A playboy who falls in love with a girl who seemed to hate men. Sounds cliche right? But the manga is totally not that. Daisuke (male lead) is a playboy who accidentally hears the confession of a classmate (Hinako). Surprised that it was the most quiet and reserved  girl in his class, he is intrigued and hides her secret suddenly understanding why she is the way she is.
What I really love about this manga is the depth of the story. The author writes the emotions well and even though you cannot relate with the characters, you can feel the realistic plot that has been woven.


"If you can't have it... you tend to destroy it." a quote from the manga
 
*note: This manga is already finished



One Piece Logo
1. One Piece
Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Illustrated by: Eiichiro Oda
Genre: action, adventure, comedy, drama, shonen
My favorite Manga ever, One Piece is about a group of interesting individuals gathered together by the main character, Luffy, and their adventures together. It already has about 600 plus chapters and still ongoing.
Because of the many characters this story has, you get to read a lot of stories rolled into one. I like this manga because I like the characters and the inspiring mini stories it has. I also like the fight scenes. It is interesting to witness the different powers of the magic fruits in the story.

Reading, is the cheapest way to get to different places. ^_^

 Other mangas I also like;
Nana by Ai Yazawa
Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
Othello by Satomi Ikezawa

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Study of Heartbreak

Imagine you just broke up with your girl.  Imagine you still love her.  Imagine the pain.  (If you are a girl, imagine also that you're a guy.)  

Then, listen to the song below…

That’s to set the mood for this post.   After that, join me after the jump.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I Am Haunted by the Number 23

23 appears on a TV show
I can see it everywhere. Everytime I check the time, it's always 23 minutes past the hour. When I check the sports news, somebody always poured 23 points or any stat line for the matter. Even in TV shows and movies, somehow number 23 always got mentioned. I can even see 23 sprayed on street graffiti. If I were to jot down the times how it appeared the past year, then it would take me 365 pages. Twenty-three is virtually everywhere!

This haunting experience happened after your death.
After 9 months of living together, we figured it out that we were not destined to be together, so you agreeably and painfully let me kill you. Zip the veil of the future, never to attempt to catch a glimpse. Bury the past and go on living each day without any thought of you. The thing we had was the best 'thing' I had, no doubt about it. No need to embellish it. Done.

There is a fine line between being really in love, and being really stupid in love. And I believe each person is given a chance to be both for ONCE in their life. And my one chance was with you. I was 30 and you were 16 goddammit! Clearly we should not go on seeing each other. We had to dine out in places where few people go (and enjoy silly feed offs with the pizza). We spent time at private gardens and not in malls so none of our friends can see us (and witness butterflies feasting on your sweet brown eyes). We didn't take the public transport for it would be certain stone-to-death for me if we'd been caught falling in love. We took risks, but it was unnecessary. We're really not meant to spend those 9 precious months together in anybody's book. But hell we did, and I'm supposed to forget all those things but your ghost keeps haunting me.

You are 23. You were born on the 23rd day. And it's always been you. We had 23 mutual friends. The day we first met falls on the 23rd day of the month, and the day you died was a lonely Saturday night of May. You are 23.

How can I forget you if you keep haunting me? Or does this mean that I really shouldn't have killed you?

Disclaimer: This article is a work of fiction. Any related true story in full or partial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Favorite All Time Cartoon

My favorite all time cartoon is.... Nope, not Tom and Jerry. Sheesh. But Popeye The Sailor.
Popeye and his spinach


For those who haven't been exposed to this awesome cartoon. hehehe
Popeye the Sailor is a fictional hero that becomes strong when eating spinach.It first appeared in some comics, though I was only exposed to it on TV.

Top Five Reasons for liking Popeye;

5. He is Patient
Yup, that he is. It usually takes several taunts from Bluto (the main antagonist) before he fights back and when he fights back, its just one hit that settles it all
Popeye the Sailor: Cooking with Gags

4. He is Kind
He is so kind to a fault. Olive (his love interest in the movie) even demeans him several times and still he loves her. Bluto just asks an apology and he accepts it (even if Bluto's just faking)

3. He's not Perfect
He has speech problems but that doesn't make him bitter. He has a squinty eye but still that doesn't make him lose his self esteem.

2.He's Loyal
He only loves Olive. Hehehe

1. He can give a mean punch
This one's actually my favorite and that's why its number 1. When he punches and wood become chairs, beehives become honey and etc.... I like it when he punches things and it transforms into shaped things. It amuses me. Hehehe

And that's it for Popeye the Sailor Man... Toot-toot!

(I'm not good with these top whatevers... but bear with me :p)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

talking to the theatre

Oh where to begin.

I would love to send sweet kisses to the admins of Experimental Theatre for making me part of this blog. My mind is percolating with thoughts and I would love to write them down here. But first, an appropriate introduction is to be done.

Hi I'm Ching. And the only thing you need to know about me is that I love music and photography. Madz, one of the admins here, has been the most wonderful witness to my obsession of music. Oh those times when we used to belt our lungs out to My Chemical Romance at the back of the bus. The times when we sang with utmost emotions on our faces at the canteen and then air guitar like crazy. There's just something universal about music. It's heroine to my ears.

As for photography, I got no fancy SLR yet, but I do make the most out of my digital camera for now. Yep, that's me in the photo. I gave permission to the wind to play with my hair. I mostly dive on fashion photography and any random stuff I find interesting. I have my own personal blog, The Audacity Effect.

I am currently writing from Scotland but I miss the Philippines very much. I mean come on, there's no place like home. But I'm quite happy that I'm doing things on my own now. There's nothing like reality slapping me on the face.

I guess with an open mind, music on my ears and a camera on one hand, I can conquer anything. Hello lovelies!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Top 5 Favorite Animated Full Length Films ^_^



5. How to Train Your Dragon
By DreamWorks
Based on the book How to Train Your Dragon

Now Hiccup is such an odd name for a leading male protagonist.
The story goes around a Viking chief’s son, Hiccup, and his dragon Toothless, which is a Night Fury.
I love this movie, primarily because I find Toothless cut. ROFL X].
I love how they conceptualized the kinds of dragons in this story. They are described to be gruesome and ferocious beasts, however in the movie, I find their characters funny. Hehe ^_^



4. Summer Wars
directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera from a story by Hosoda. The film was produced by Madhouse and released by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan.
This for me is by far the best anime movie I have seen.
The human characters are really just designed so typical anime style. But it’s the part when they get in to the Ethernet, the animation and the concept designs amaze me, not yet mentioning the plot and twists.
I highly recommend everyone to watch this. Bear with the English subs.
It is a great story about technology, family, and friendship.






3. Final Fantasy VII—Advent Children
This is one long animated movie, and the oldest among my selection. This one has been released on 2005, however until now, this animated movie might forever be my favorite game based 3D animated movie that I have seen…unless something more awesome comes along.


Must be how perfect each character was created, the effects, are just so organic. I have to admit that they could have worked more on their facial expressions—they all look so serious. But the animation, especially where the action scenes are, is just so flawless and unbelievable.
I hope someday they could create an animated movie as detailed and as lifelike as this one… or even more awesome. ^___^





2. Despicable Me
And he turned out to be a good dad. I love this story of an aspiring supervillain named Gru. He he adopts three little girls so he could use them for his plans against his rival Vector. Later it turned to hit that soft spot in him.
For me, the reason why I love this movie, is because the producers and the makers of this film could actually put up with what the big animation companies do.
I loved how they conceptualized the characters and how their personalities were developed. The little yellow minions too are by far irresistibly cute and hilarious. XD
Aside from the character design, the concepts behind Gru’s technology and Vector’s technology, amazes me. One of my favorite parts is when he read a bedtime story for the 3 girls and when he took them to the theme park.




1. Tangled
By far my favorite fairytale animated movie! XD It greatly made Rapunzel’s story so much better than the original. The writers made a lot of good twists to the plot as well. I believe this is Disney’s greatest (and sad to say, last) fairytale princess movie ever showed. Incredibly hilarious and touching, the movie has reached down the little girl in me who dreams to become a princess.
Aside from the two leading human characters, the step mother, the bandits, the warriors, Pascal the chameleon and Maximus the horse, were remarkably portrayed.
The stepmother is portrayed like as if she was the good person that Rapunzel could depend on... the way she was portrayed indicates the evil that blinds people from really enjoying the light.
Pascal the chameleon, is just so adorable. Who would have thought of having this kind of character as a princess's pet and bestfriend?
Maximus, the horse who acts like dog, really got me laughing... horse portrayed like a K9, why not? I was highly entertained.
Now the songs were superb as well...wanna make a playlist of them all haha..."at last I've seen the light...."
^______^





I don’t care what other people think. As for me, these are the TOP FIVE that I found most entertaining and exciting. ^____^ But if you want to know the rest of the nominees, here’s a list of those who almost got to my top 5…
Shrek, 2, 3 and forever after
Toy Story, 2 and 3
Princess and the Frog
Aladdin
Monsters Inc
Mulan, 2
Steamboat Willie (oh yeah that first appearance of Mickey Mortimer Mouse)
Samurai X movies
…and actually many more…hahaha


Oh well..so there goes my post ^__^
Love you guys…
HUUUUGGGG!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My Two Cents' Worth On Some Incoming 2011 Movies

Watching movie trailers in youtube could eat up a lot of your time.  Sometimes, you only meant to view one particular trailer, but you see some other movie trailer in the "Suggestions" that makes you "Oh, this looks interesting, just this one more..." and click on to view it.  But that will not be actually "just this one more".  No.  Another trailer in the "Suggestions" would make you go "Oh, this looks interesting, just this one more..." again.  And then another one.  And so on.  Pretty soon, you have spent half an hour (or more) watching a long train of movie trailers.
kind of like when drinking alcohol...
many "just one more" later, and you're drunk
Anyway, let me share you a particular "train of movie trailers" that I had just a few days ago.  In no particular order (since I forgot the order of how I viewed them), here are the trailers, and some short thoughts about the movie.  Join me after the jump...

Monday, February 7, 2011

Do it Anyway

I was talking with the a friend the other day when she told me that its better to not try  because you won't be disappointed. Better to avoid the situation to avoid pain. I adamantly refused that life is not supposed to be lived like that. How... boring and passive your life would be. How... not like LIFE.

At this point, I would like to share some verses written by Mother Teresa.

"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway."


You see, life is not about what others think or what others may do to you. Its about how you treat life and build your relationship with God because at the end of the day, its just you.... and God.

This post is dedicated to my duty mates. :-)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Papiliohedyloid

Hello guys!
I don't know if I am even allowed to do this
but I am posting my entry to the OtakuFest Original Character Design Competition last Saturday February 5, 2010.
I learned that a lot of the participants were already |m/, artists ... that I was so shocked to hear that I won the Contest. And they declared only one winner.
So I want to thank my friends who supported me. There were only a few people I knew there in that event. And I am pretty sure no one knows me there too haha...
And I want to thank Tricia for being my shining star on the event. ^__^ Love you sis! you're my Lucky Star! mwaaaah!
so here it is..



Papiliohedyloid
Human scientists from planet earth call this alien life form Papiliohedyloid from a planet not so much different from ours. Papiliohedyloids are a genial and refined race of aliens. Their population in their planet which humans called Angiodea, is around half the earth’s people population. These people may resemble a lot of qualities of an earthly human in physical anatomy and way of living, having emotions and high mental deftness. Dependent on plant-life as their main source of food and other necessities, they live like butterflies and insects in a way, and expect their planet to be teeming with much flora.
Meanwhile, Papiliohedyloids have a very peculiar behavior—they hate the state of dying. Aside from their obsession in sustaining life, not just for each other but for their planet as well, they have an eccentric attitude towards death, dying and withering. Though they age, it takes them centuries before they “die” in the form of transferring their “essence” of life to any living form.
They have a long and difficult way to reproduce. They copulate similarly like humans, but a female has to wait five-eight years before she gets pregnant and pregnancy reaches up to 3 years before giving birth.
When humans from planet earth discovered this planet, they made attempts to seize dominion over Angiodea for it is a very suitable place for humans to live, since in their time, the Earth is about to give away, from the ruins and devastation of world wars.
In this drawing, this Papiliohedyloid is holding something what humans call as Springblade. In a sense it is a weapon and in another sense it is not. These creatures have very strong sense that can detect the energy level of another creature. The race actually uses the Springblade to end someone or any lifeform who is dying, similar to euthanasia-- and it will only be used for that purpose. However, once that living form is “killed”, three days later, that living form will be fully restored back again. The blade actually plants a “seed” of life into that creature and will restore its life. This time, a symbol that resembles a butterfly will mark that creature as someone/thing revived by a Springblade.
Earthly humans—and other aliens, fancied to get hold of this Springblade for it is a powerful weapon. However, there is a secret to this weapon more than they know. In the end humans will realize that the shrewd Papiliohedyloids have another strange behavior—they can make other lifeforms as their energy source by extracting their “life essence”.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Annoying Things To Do On An Elevator

This is simply a repost from a note I was tagged in over a year ago...haha...

i dare you all to try the following .... ^___^


Annoying Things To Do On An Elevator

1) CRACK open your briefcase or handbag, peer Inside and ask "Got enough air in there?"
2) STAND silent and motionless in the corner facing the wall without getting off.
3) WHEN arriving at your floor, grunt and strain to yank the doors open, then act as if you're embarrassed when they open themselves.
4) GREET everyone with a warm handshake and ask him or her to call you Admiral.
5) MEOW occasionally.
6) STARE At another passenger for a while. Then announce in horror: "You're one of THEM" - and back away slowly
7) SAY -DING at each floor.
8) SAY "I wonder what all these do?" And push all the red buttons.
9) MAKE explosion noises when anyone presses a button.
10) STARE, grinning at another passenger for a while, then announce: "I have new socks on."
11) WHEN the elevator is silent, look around and ask: "Is that your beeper?"
12) TRY to make personal calls on the emergency phone.
13) DRAW a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers: "This is my personal space."
14) WHEN there's only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder, then pretend it wasn't you.
15) PUSH the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more.
16) ASK if you can push the button for other people but push the wrong ones.
17) HOLD the doors open and say you're waiting for your friend. After a while, let the doors close and say "Hi Greg, How's your day been?"
18) DROP a pen and wail until someone reaches to help pick it up, then scream: "That's mine!"
19) BRING a camera and take pictures of everyone in the lift.
20) PRETEND you're a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the Passengers.
21) SWAT at flies that don't exist.
22) CALL out "Group hug" then enforce it.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

(Since It's Valentines Month...) Top 10 Love Songs

For several years, every time the Valentines season arrives, I had posted “Bah, humbug!” as my status messages in the social networks I belonged in (first in Friendster, then in Facebook).  This year however, I am in the mood to “celebrate” the spirit of the season.  So, for my contribution to the Experimental Theatre this week, I am going to make this top 10 love songs.

Ranking love songs is hard.  Why?  Because 90% of all songs ever made have love or romance or something somehow related to love as their message or theme (Love or romance as a theme is everywhere). 
Air Supply accounts for half of that 90%
So, I’m going to make the category of "love song" a little bit more definite by setting a context.  The only songs qualified to make the list are songs that are “romantic”.  You know, yung nakaka-in love kung baga.  I also excluded songs that are too “heartbreaking” for consideration, even if they have the “romantic” feel.  So, with a heavy heart, I have to not include my favorite Bon Jovi rock ballads, like “Bed of Roses”, “This Ain’t A Love Song”, and (especially) “Always”.  Though, there are one or two “heartbreak” ballads that made the cut, they are not that too heavily… mmm, what’s the right word… anguishing.  I hope you get what I mean.  Again, the category of love songs that I used is “it should be romantic” – the kind of music you would prefer to play in the background when you share a romantic dinner or a romantic (“sweet” – why is it called that way?) dance with that special someone.        

(I also disqualified songs that were “traumatic” to me. LOL)

With that made clear, let’s start with number 10, after the jump…

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Of People and Onions

People change. This is my sentiment when I wrote HEY LOVE. It still remains a mystery to me why the good, sweet people you know at first eventually fade away and turn into strangers. It's the greatest mystery in the world. An ugly truth. This song speaks about the truth.

I take back my opening statement.

This song is not about change. This song is about the truth. People don't change, they are just covered with mess, like onions; full of layers. When you first meet a person, she is already real. When she's nice, and all sweetness surrounds her, that's part of her outer layers. But when you get to know her deeply, you see her inner layers; monsters. Ergo we can't really say they change. It's just what they're made of. And that my friend is the ugly truth.


Disclaimer: This post is not necessarily true.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Trivia Time!

Valentine's Day's just around the corner, but I've had enough of hearts and doodles for this month. Now my randomness strikes out and I'll present to you guys some useless info from around the world.
We, the Filipino people, have some things to share too.

Di dahil Pinoy ka, wala kang maibubuga sa mga banyaga.

Pinoy-trivia I've compiled, and info from the information superhighway itself. So, here goes nothin'.


  • PINOY MARTIAL ARTS

When I was a tot, I used to envy the Orientals for their uncanny abilities to defy the universal laws of Physics and how they’d apply gravity on the jaws of their spectators as they gaze upon purely epic Kung-Fu moves.

But did you know that the roots of Filipino history also has its own set of deadly moves? I’m not talking about the movies that show the sluggish Filipino tribesmen dim-wittingly charging into an enemy with advanced weaponry, heck NO.



I’m talkin’ about lightning-fast deathblows, wrist-bending boxing, eye-popping throat-slitting knife-action, ankle-breaking footwork and adrenaline-pumping stick fighting. The art of killing, crafted by none other than our very own Filipino tribesmen.

Government Warning: Filipino Martial Arts is not for the faint-hearted, but who freakin’ cares about what the government says anyways?


  • WORST DI-SEAS-TER

I’d rather fall out of a plane than to sink off with a ship. Why? Because I can’t swim; yet others can. At least when we’d all fall down from the sky, we’re all equal – trying our best to fly. Setting jokes aside, according to the Guinness Book of World Records:

The MV Doña Paz was a Philippine-registered passenger ferry that sank after colliding with the MT Vector on December 20, 1987. With a death toll of at most 4,375 people, the collision resulted in the deadliest ferry disaster in history and is widely cited as the worst ever peace-time maritime disaster.



No one listens to warnings anymore, overloading a boat is like pushing its luck to stay afloat. Asia’s very own Titanic. Wait, remember the M.V. Princess of the Stars? Both are (were) operated by Sulpicio Lines, now ain't that scary?


  • STARSHIP PINOYTROOPERS

I guess you’ve squished some bugs so nicely you’ve seen their insides spew out like a toothpaste-filled watermelon dropped off a 1083-ft high skyscraper. Now reminisce those gigantic, butt-ugly bugs from Klendathu on Starship Troopers and start asking yourselves this question, “What if they fought back?”

Have no fear, Johnnie Rico is here!



And now I’m guessing you weren’t expecting him to be a Kababayan after all, with a matching “WHAT? REALLY?!” monologue. Pinoy si Johnnie Rico, kaya itaas mo na ang baba mo.

Juan "Johnnie" Rico is the fictitious protagonist of Robert A. Heinlein's 1958 science-fiction novel Starship Troopers. Rico is the son of a wealthy Filipino family who joined the Terran Mobile Infantry almost on impulse and over his parents' objections. -Wikipedia-


  • A GUN, JUST FOR US.

Resiliency. The ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity.

But did you know that we’re also known for our persistence to live and motivation? Traits feared from all across the globe. A trait so frightening that the Americans even designed a gun AGAINST us.

No Image Attached. Gun Too Awesome To Post.

Introducing the 1911 .45 ACP Automatic Pistol, with a stopping power enough to blow away a full-grown adult 3 meters away from where the poor fellow used to stand.

During the same time frame that John Browning was working on many of his 128 patents, a tribe of warriors, the Moro, were giving the U.S. Army a very hard time in the Philippines. To prepare for battle, the Moro would bind their limbs with leather, take narcotics, and use religious ritual to gain an altered state of consciousness, this turned them into virtual Supermen. The .38 Long Colt pistol round the U.S. soldiers had simply would not stop the Moro. Of note is the fact that the Krag rifles the U.S. issued were also barely more than useless. [Article link]

Those warriors, the Moro, do you know the fighting-style they used? Refer to the first trivia above. They were that scary.

You


I write of love and wondrous sights
of victory against insurmountable plights
though love is one I see unclear
I hold it close, so near, so dear

I write of love and things above
of joy and pain in a journey's love
where i am has always kept me
from holding strong to show and be

I write of love and the face I hide
away from them, all the truths reside
though light and warmth will not die out
the face behind the mask they doubt

I write of you, for this is what I do
in bliss or sorrow this I pursue
for if I stop and let time fly
I'd be no good; an unheard cry

I write of love and not of me
for it is a gift to be with thee
the rise and fall of emotions stay
but in you will my totality find its way