Sunday, July 31, 2011

Nev

And there are those people who are catfish in life. And they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh. And I thank god for the catfish because we would be droll, boring and dull if we didn’t have somebody nipping at our fin. -Vince, Catfish 
Weeks after downloading (and saving in my flash disk), I finally got to watch Catfish, the other movie about Facebook. Of course, we all know about The Social Network, the Academy Award and BAFTA nominated, Golden Globes award-winning film about the founding of today's leading social networking site. We got to meet Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, the Winklevoss twins, the inspiration Erica Albright, and other highly illuminated characters. Facebook has made a huge impact in the way we socialize and has made the world smaller than what it seems. It has made us closer to anyone, virtually, just with an internet connection and the power (guts) to click "Add as a Friend."


Catfish, unlike TSN, did not employ seasoned actors. Instead, it has Nev Schulman, NY based photographer who met Abby, a young girl from Michigan through their exchange of messages in Facebook. Armed with their own equipment, Schulman, together with his brother Ariel and friend Henry Joost chronicled the entire "made from the pc" friendship with Abby and her entire family. The (totally) attractive Schulman eventually fell in love with Abby's older half-sister Megan and that's where the plot thickens. What happened next will either creep you out or fascinate you. I won't spoil you with so much information, as the movie is better watched than told. Just to tell you, the documentary (a fact still very much doubtful) encapsulates a relationship of meeting someone online, the validity of their identity, and the situations that may be raised (or not at all) after you "confirm."
Then it hit me. 


Really, from almost hundreds, even thousands of those you have in your friends list, how many of those are:
1. You're friends with in real life
2. People who actually mean whatever they put online - such as photos, basic information etc.
3. Real people
4. Your REAL friends

I had this mistake of adding so many people, just as long as we have mutual friends in common, without even bothering of thinking whether or not I know them or even met them in real life. Good thing though, I have segregated them in a list aptly labeled as "Limited Profile" so they won't get to access my other personal stuff. I was thinking of getting rid of the list, but I thought some of the people there are those (without a doubt) I've actually met, but just don't want to get a hold of certain stuff about me. 

The complexity of human relationship made more complicated as it gets tangled in the (world wide) web. It really doesn't take a stranger to make you feel uneasy about online relationships. Lest, it also doesn't have to be an online relationship to make you think about the way you relate with people. The concern is that how much of you is the real you, considering the fact that anything can be made up, online or not. 

In times like this, it's so easy to create a whole new person to get accepted, to be liked, and to be loved. It's easy to pretend to be someone else you are not or be in places you haven't been to since it's relatively easy to build new information with all the possible resources you can find online. For those who wouldn't bother digging, it probably would work. But for others who would go as far as what Nev did, it would take forever or won't at all. Honestly, I'm afraid is hard to grasp these days. 


Catfish showed the baffling truth about truth and the reality we have to face about ourselves, online and offline.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Anik-anik lovin'

I've always been a fan of Anik-anik love, a blogsite that features work spaces of some of the country's most creative people. Maintained by ace photographer Mitch Mauricio, the blog lets you peek inside the room (or house or unit) where creative juices flow and also delve into the mind of a creative extraordinaire. She has featured some of the talents from Philippines' artistic set, including writer Yvette Tan (one of my favourite features), director Quark Henares, photographers Jake Versoza and Jay Tablante, sculptor Leeroy New, National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, designer Kate Torralba, and one of my girl crushes, Audrey Carpio.

Apart from inspiring others to unleash their creativity, Anik-anik love also makes folks like me and you see ourselves in these artists as they show us their quirks and irks in the stuff they own and the interesting Q and A that follows after each photo set. I was surprised when I learned that Audrey likes cats too! (la lang!)

I am no artist. The only time I considered getting serious with painting was in high school when my mother brought me some gouache, watercolour, and acrylic tubes, probably in hopes of having a daughter who's artistically inclined. I probably did some pretty decent paintings then, or so I thought. I tried other sorts of artsy stuff, photography, drawing, dancing, singing, but all were left before I even got to finish anything (ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my minute attention span!)

Since I am probably far from getting featured, let me indulge (myself to your amusement, hah!) and answer the questions from the blog. Unlike the post though, I won't let you in my room because it's an unutterable mess as of the moment.

I hope it's okay to copy the questionnaire.

Please see below my pretend feature in the website:

Angelique Parungao(San Juan City, Philippines)
Occupation: all-around PR person
Website: afparungao.blogspot.com              anjywanjy.tumblr.com              aboutme.com/afparungao
Favorite toy as a child: dollhouse, rag dolls, and train sets. Also handheld brickgame players
Favorite toy now: my Blackberry 
Turn-ons: intelligence, creativity, and all things nerdy
Turn-offs: arrogance and dishonesty
What are 5 things that inspire you right now? (person) Mark Zuckerberg, fantastic movies and movie scores, creative people, and well written pieces 
Top 5 movies: Silence of the Lambs, Wallstreet 2, Social Network, American Psycho, and Mean Girls
Top 3 books: The Bell Jar, The Tao of Pooh, Bossypants 
Music you listen to: Some alternative pop, some indie, some new wave. I appreciate any kind of music, except those that aren't really music at all (a.k.a. screaming and belting out in singing contests)
On my current playlist: Kylie Minogue, Ingrid Michaelson, Whitest Boy Alive, The Drums, The Cure (always), Mike Posner, John Mayer, The Killers, Taken by Cars Social Network OST... the list goes on... I actually have different playlists everyday because I provide music in the office. 
5 Favorite websites: twitter.com (fucking has everything!), tumblr.com, flickr's what's in your bag group, contemporist, and designismine
When you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time? I sleep or spend hours in bookstores
If you were to choose a different job, what would it be? a dessert chef would be nice, primarily because I have insatiable love for sweets especially cakes!
If you can have any super power, what would it be? Power to read minds
What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far? Never, ever trust anybody
Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read): Keep up the good work! (my daddeh) and The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams - Eleanor Roosevelt 

Ah, as they say suntok sa buwan.

Friday, July 22, 2011

OHAI!

Hello There!
Yo excuse me, can I talk to you fo' a minute?

Yes, you're here because:
  • You saw a link in my twitter
  • You saw a link in my tumblr (thanks for the photo, inothernews!)
  • You're subscribed to my Google Reader
  • You're wondering WTF this is
  • You miss me!!! C'mon admit eeet. 
Whichever your reason is, well, I just want to say that I am back!!! :-) I'm happy I'm back, the squirrel's happy that I'm back, and you should too! But as if I have anything substantial to say. I'm a whole lot happier right now, as compared to the last time I wrote something here. Maybe because some things are slowly falling in their rightful places. Maybe, I've learned to accept things the way they're meant to be. Or maybe, there is something good for me in the future. 

I can't believe we're already on the half of the year. I also can't believe I've already been working for a year without flailing my hands in failure. There are days when I could not even think straight, but we all know it happens to anyone. Anyway, I don't want to think again of the things that happened the last time. Let's all move forward and be happy.

And to start of, let me share with you videos that truly made my life worthwhile these past few days... 


Randy Blue Boys Tribute to Kylie Minogue. Dibs on Nicco Sky. 


Couldn't find a better version, because owner disabled embedding. Boo. Darrel, Can I have your number? (watch better version here)


Everybody, let's sing together Gooba Da Mwee (or in non-simlish speaking countries, Cooler than Me)

oh my sanity.