Ureshii: 6 -- The Year-ender

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Jonette 0 Comments

photo courtesy of Dappers.

嬉しい (ureshii):

Outside, fireworks whizz and bang and boom for all their money's worth, and cars and sirens blare themselves hoarse in defiance to the wet weather. People eat, drink, kiss. Making merry, plans, resolutions, and perhaps for the lucky few, love.

The beer is setting in. Perhaps it was a bad decision to go Strong Ice. Meh. Only thing on the fridge anyway, and I'm not to sure about popping open the rhum or the gin. It's nice and warm now in my belly, but it's not enough to keep me from thinking I should be all warm and alcohol fuzzed, snuggled asleep in your arms.

It's been years, and you still give me the love-shivers.

You've been quite perplexing, baby. It's been a very weird time with you, and really, sometimes you can get very infuriating. You love pulling fast ones on me, and I will still have some trouble getting over those. (Well, I probably will eventually, but still!) You've too often sent me running for my time, and money, and health, and have made me extract that last, last burst of energy I never knew existed -- both to finish the job, and maybe, just hopefully, have enough left over so I can wring the living daylights out of you. Then, you pull another fast one, and sweep me off my feet with very random and exhilarating moments. Creative conquests, family and friends, and pat on the back or a kiss on the forehead for a job exhaustingly yet well done -- It's enough to drive a girl crazy, but I gotta admit, you make a woman out of me.

You've been as wierd as I am, dear 2008, and for that I am thankful for you, and yeah, I think I do like you.

You've been tough on me in more ways than I care to count, but you've also brought me so much joy. You've taught me the value of learning, and what it is to eke out as much of it as I can because the world does turn and will not wait for me. You've shown me the value of intense work and intense play, and how too much or too little of each other can be very bad for you. You make me redefine the words Family and Friends in my vocabulary over and over again, and thus, you make me practice what I teach.

You reduce me to terrible metaphors and half-turned phrases, and all I can do is be very, very sincere.

I now know that Love sounds like peaceful snoring beside you on a cold, wet evening, and that makes me happy.

You've given me cold, hard bones, 2008, and all I can think off right now is how amazing it's all been giving them flesh and blood, giving it a face, giving them bones a voice that sings the truth.

You are astonishing, 2008. And I love you.


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Little Jar Life

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Jonette 0 Comments

Photo courtesy of Kuky Ideas.

Don't ask me, but I find this photo immensely refreshing right now.


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Snap-Happy: Trip to Cubao Expo

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Jonette 0 Comments

There are some places where I'd rather be lost in than buss about to finish chores in. Cubao Expo is one of them.

show, not tell.

Pinoy cabs have this way of waking you up through a traffic jam.

And I had to quickly head for home. Bagfuls of Tapuy and Lambanog for Christmas gift-giving to relatives are not the lightest of loads.


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Back to the Corset 2

Thursday, December 18, 2008 Jonette 0 Comments

Missed the first part of the story? Read it here.

My clock now officially reads 1:35pm. I really need to put down my corset project for today. I've been seam-ripping and putting certain parts back together and hemming this since 10:00 am. I've been hemming since 10:00 am on only four hours of sleep. I officialy must be insane.

Haaaay... Y'see, this is exactly the kind of thing my boyfriend scolds me for, and not in a Donna Summer kind of way. I really need to discipline myself when it comes to activities and time management. Once I start, it's really difficult for me to put something down until I see it take some form close enough to how I'd envisioned it. I think this is something I got from my mom.

The fact that a small-sized serving of coffee kept me wired for most of the night does not help. At all. *mighty sigh*

Well then. Might as well suck it in and head off for a bath. (No, Subconcious, you are not going for another corset-run. No, that does not take "just a teensy while". I've put away the sewing machine, and tied up the cord. I mean it.)

(Hmm. Surprising fact: Donna Summer once sung for a Pokemon Movie. Who'da thunk?)

On a more positive note... Yesterday was very good proof that God is a DJ.

You know you've grown with someone for such a long time when you hear tunes you disliked as a teen and now find yourself singing along to (once more, with feeling! and emoting!), not because you know he likes them but because you sincerely and secretly(!) rocked out to them all along.

These made my day.

Bon Jovi

So, tell me... what song is playing in your head right now?

To follow this story, click here.


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Back to the corset

Sunday, December 14, 2008 Jonette 0 Comments

I have finally and properly pinned the panels of the corset, and have sewn them together.

Heaven help us all.

Oh, I haven't told you?

Well, the corset was supposed to complement the gray skirt, and well, Life started happening so quickly as it always does, and I had to set it aside.

It's quite possible I may set it aside again after sewing the outer layer and the lining.

I do intend to shape it to match my curves, and I also do intend to add boning to it. Although the original tutorial used a different type of stiffening material, it doesn't hurt to experiment, right?

So, there.

I'm hankering right now to make myself a new skirt in time for the holidays (here we go again, jumping from one project to the next), but all in good measure.

We now return to our viewing of The Duchess, as scheduled. ^_^

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Ureshii: 5

Friday, December 12, 2008 Jonette 0 Comments

courtesy of Kuky Ideas.

嬉しい (ureshii):

To be glad, happy, delighted, joyful, overjoyed, cheerful, pleased, contented, grateful, elated, jubilant, exultant, ecstatic, euphoric, enraptured thrilled (to bits), over the moon... you get the picture. ;)

Waaaaah! I've been out and about for the first half of my day. I've been zipping around my living area ever since eleven this morning (which is quite early for my workshift.) for some reason, I still feel stoked with how much I've accomplished for the day. No big deal, yeah, but still!

  • The feeling of ticking off to-do tasks in your head, and relishing the feeling of having done something good today. Hell yeah!
  • My new Caha de Oro drawer. To the rest of the non-pinoys out there, the Caha de Oro is a plastic dresser popular in many a Filipino home. Its drawers come with their own locks and keys, and may come with varying accoutrements, like a mirror or a set-in alarm clock. the Caha de Oro is preceded by its more steadfast and popular sister in plasticity, the Orocan. We Filipinos swear by the might of its make, and you can read why here.

    Back to the dresser. I've wanted to get my sewing things organized after such a long time. (It's not pleasant to sleep in the living area with a pile of clutter overhead. ) I'm glad all the notions and cut-out patterns and books and a portion of my fabric pile is now neatly nestled where they are meant to be. I still need to clear out a drawer to store more fabric -- now just what to do with the leftovers and recyclables...

  • A full moon tonight! perfect for dancing, kissing, and howling under it, naked or otherwise.

  • Martial Law Babies, by Arnold Arre. W00t! I'm honestly stoked that Sir Arnold's newewst graphic novel is finally out and about! It's about growing up under Martial Law in the regime of Ferdinand Marcos, being shaped by 80's TV and Music. As taken from About:

    Their ambitions may be dampened by third world realities and malcontention but they also proudly belong to a generation of dreamers who fight for their voices to be heard. They are among the so-called "Bagong Lipunan" children, trying their best to live up to their name. But over the years, as Allan watches his friends leave one by one and feels his sense of idealism wane, he starts to wonder where they are all headed.


    If you're in the Philippines, go grab your copy now at ComicQuest in SM Megamall, and Kaffe Cafe in Banawe Street, Quezon City. It'll soon make appearances in most major bookstores, but why wait when you can order online? (you cheeky darling, you.^_~*)

  • The Enchanted Doll, by Marina Bychkova. As-tounding. Methinks this deserves a post of its own. (coming very soon, I promise!) Nonetheless, it made me really happy.

courtesy of Jennie Castillo.

  • My new Vivitar Slim and Wide Camera. This is my first step to Lomography. Kudos to the lovely Jennie C! I do believe this may be the start of a wonderful friendship. ;)

  • Arashi songs as a pick-me-up. Work buddy April took me out to dinner on an evening that was going less than pleasant. (Une petit agent provocateur is also responsible for infecting me with her love for Japanese boy bands and their game shows. :P) In the middle of moodily poking at my sushi, this song came on.

    (It's fun-ner when you watch it. ^_^)

  • The Typealyzer. Give it your blog's URL and it'll tell you what kind of personality your blog has. (or, how you write it out to be.) I was pleasantly surprised with my results.

  • Where the Dewey Decimal System would place me if I were a book:

    Jonette Valenciano's Dewey Decimal Section:
    765 Metal engraving

    Jonette Valenciano = 05450052125439145 = 054+500+521+254+391+45 = 1765

    700 Arts & Recreation

    Architecture, drawing, painting, music, sports.

    What it says about you:
    You're creative and fun, and you're good at motivating the people around you. You're attracted to things that are visually interesting. Other people might not always understand your taste or style, but it's yours.

    Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

Alright, then. Three questions for you, dear reader. What made you happy this week?
And what do the two memes above say about you?
I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Come on now, don't be shy. ^_~*


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Hello. This is Jonette's brain.

Saturday, December 06, 2008 Jonette 0 Comments

Boy, do I have lots to spill, mwehehehehehehehe.

I'm here to tell you that your blog author has been planning updates or an overdrive basis, but is just too pooped right now to coherently put two and two together. So yeah.

But enough about her! Let's talk about me! Hell, I betcha you think I'm a lot more interesting than that big bag o' flesh and bones. Like, who needs opposable thumbs when you can type with your spinal column tendrils, right? Right?

And technically, I've been running this show for so long, and no one's been giving me credit. I mean, good gawd people! where's the love? Helloooo! Imagination from up here, yoohoo!

Actually, I help out a lot too.

Shut up, Subconcious.

Now then! Where were we talking about my fantastic self?

Guys? Guys? No, wait! Not the glass lid! No--


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