Archive for July, 2010

Lando and Allie: future National Artists

Every so often, students get bored while listening to a lecture in class or studying for an exam, usually resulting to them doing something else to bide their time. Sometimes we daydream, sometimes we sleep, sometimes we even open our laptops to play games or check Facebook.

Most of the time however, we prefer to draw.

Lando is my absolute schedule mate for the sem (we have ALL the same classes, one of the rare kind moments that CRS had), so we get to do a whole lot of stuff together. And yes,that includes being bored together. Which usually results in masterpieces like this.

IMGP0020IMGP0025Lando is the better drawer between the two of us, he beats me by a mile when it comes to cartoons and doodles. Siya nagdrawing nito. We’re Allie the Aggressive Astronaut and Lando the Lucky Leprechaun! :

As for me, I have a lot of bobo moments while drawing, like this epic fail of a venn diagram during our Arch159 class.IMGP0003

Although I do have my strokes of creativity at times. These were on my Arch176 notes on molds. (Note my really pretty handwriting HAHAHA)IMGP0023

The fencing reflex in babies, in cartoon form. Drawn during Psych101 by me. IMGP0004

I became a favorite subject of Lando’s to draw for a week or two, and this was one of his early attempts prior to the astronaut drawing. I think I look malibog in this particular one. :| IMGP0017

On the other hand, my favorite subject to draw is… also myself, mainly because I’m one of the few things/people I can actually draw decently. Here I am in robot (robutt) form.IMGP0024

Another favorite of ours to draw for a time was Domokun! Ang cute niya kasiiiii. This is from Lando’s notebook.IMGP0015

As I said earlier, there are thresholds to students’ attention spans during lecture classes, and this was what Lando drew when we reached ours one Arch163 class. Pigil na pigil ako sa pagtawa.IMGP0016

Although sometimes, we draw even during times when we are listening to class, like this one time during Psych101. We’re great multitaskers that way. (If you’re wondering, that’s me picking a fat Lando’s brain.)

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To avoid monotony, sometimes we like to go out to study (when we have a little extra money to spare for coffee shops and the like). But somewhere in between, we get a little bit burned out, so we like to draw to take the edge off. And when I say we draw, I mean on anything.

IMGP0002 Like receipts. ALLIECAT <3 LANDORAT!

IMG_0282 IMG_0284 And napkins. (Ghoullie and Lando Manyakis)

At this rate, I’m looking forward to looking through our notebooks once napuno na sila. Who knows, maybe we can sell them when we become famous architects. Tipong compilation of sketches or fillers in our biographies.

TO LANDO: Here’s to hoping I fill a whole lot more pages of my notebook with you. Heehee. :>


Of Fads and FroYo



I thinks consumerism just hit a home run or ten with this cold treat that has hit the Philippines by storm.  No matter where you go in Metro Manila these days, froyo shops never seems to be too far away.  There are a ton of them in malls, from Red Mango to White Hat to Californiaberry.  Heck, there are three of them along Katipunan Avenue alone, four if you include Pancake House and its recent addition to their menu, the not-at-all attractively named Gurtz.

So why are people lining up for this tangy dessert anyway? As one of these people, I can think of two reasons:

  1. I like the tart taste of yogurt.
  2. It is supposedly less fatty than ice cream.

I am almost thankful that cups of these cost far more than the average Nestle ice cream cup, because if not, I would be having one or more everyday! Ang sarap kaya.  But if I did buy one everyday, feeling ko tataba parin ako regardless of how low fat froyo is.  This week alone, I went to a froyo place twice, once at I Heart Froyo in Maginhawa, and the other was Tita Lele’s treat at Frutti Froyo Morato.


23538_10150128977315184_741745183_11327737_7784538_n Oddly enough though, this is my only photo with Froyo, at I <3 Froyo Maginhawa.. (thanks Dianalloyd!)


I’m beginning to wonder how long this craze would last though, with so many of the shops sprouting all over the place. Think of those brightly colored  skinny jeans that seemed so cool and edgy until they started selling it at every street corner for a fraction of their branded counterparts, with even the lola on the Ikot jeep is wearing them.  Granted, it would be a bit hard to reproduce froyo at a cheaper price, but really, how long will it be before people get sick of it, and move on to the next big thing in expensive desserts? All of us will just have to wait and see.

This thought led me to research on fads, and I stumbled on this list of Year 2000 fads. Here are some of the ones I got into:

  • mini skirts with leggings – I did it more with shorts but oh well.
  • skinny jeans – In Lando’s case, this is his entire closet heehee.
  • Blogging – Does this mean I’m jologs because I still do it instead of Tumblring like the cool, hipster kids?
  • Energy Drinks – In arki, this is not a fad. This is a lifestyle.
  • Text messaging – In the same manner, in the Philippines, this is not merely a fad, but a revolution.
  • Oversized sunglasses – Darn Raymund Marasigan’s influence.
  • Ring Tones – I used to compose these on my dinosaur of an Ericsson phone.
  • World of Warcraft – I never got any good at DOTA though. I fail. 100% of the time.
  • Social Networks ( – Still haven’t gotten over this one.


On a completely unrelated note, here are some photos from last Saturday’s Deconstruct. Sorry kung puro ako, ito lang yung nakasave sa desktop ko.

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I’m no party person, but even I have to admit that Deconstruct was bucketloads of fun. Belated congrats, AF! :)

Allie has seen many a dust bunny in her lifetime, most of them in her dorm room. She is often mistaken as a 13-year old, further intensified by her weird fashion choices that mostly involve cutesy patootsie rings, colorful knee high socks, and ribbons and bows in her hair. She dreams of waking up one day and finding herself as a character in Star Wars. Preferably a jedi. With a purple lightsaber.

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