Answer to puzzle and other stuff

Hello ! Renxkyoko  Iglesias  here .

Something’s wrong with me.  It’s just 3  days since my last post, and before that, 2 days.  And here I am again !

 

The reason I’m posting again is ….. well, I want to give the  answer to the puzzle  that I posted  last time.  I don’t want to keep some people hanging. Heh.  ^^

So, anyway, here’s  the answer.  Where’s the iPhone ?

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It took a lot of time to draw it, y’know.  My masterpiece.  Check out the original photo.  It’s easy to see coz it’s waving at you.

Cheryl  Wright  has sent me a set of questions ( Liebster Award ) and I’ve decided to answer them here. Thanks, Cheryl !

What inspired the name of your blog ?

Renxkyoko’s  Space…… Ren and Kyoko are the names of the main protagonists of what used to be my favorite manga, Skip Beat.

How long does it usually take you to write a blog post ?

Depends…….  if there are photos, it takes a few hours. Otherwise, 2 to 3 hours, with long breaks in between.

Can you write anytime or do you need to be in the mood.

I need to be in the mood.

What Social Media platforms do you use to promote your blog post ?

Just one……. WordPress

What punctuation mark best describes you ?

[  ………  ]   dot, dot, dot, dot

Do you have more than one blog ?  List below.

YES ! ! My manga/anime/video games blog,  HERE   ! !

Do you see the glass half full or half empty ?

Half – full

If there were no Internet, would you still be writing ?

No,  I’d be reading instead…… not just manga….. you’d be surprised at what books I read. I’m a freakin’ walking encyclopedia, so much so that I can give correct Jeopardy  answers  90% of the time.  ( I’m bad at questions about old, old American TV shows. I don’t even watch the current ones. )  I read books on Archaelogy,  History, and currently reading Calculus for Idiots.

When was the last time you wrote a handwritten letter ?

Last Christmas, I sent out  real Christmas cards to relatives and friends, with short handwritten notes.

Have you ever met in person a blogger that you are following ?

Uhm……..   When I was on vacation in the Philippines in 2010,  I wanted to meet this Filipino blogger……… he declined.   It was clear I was totally rejected,  ~_~  .     Oh, well, his loss.  T.T

Okay , this is all for now.   And check out my  manga/anime blog HERE.

 

 

 

 

Where’s It ?

Renxkyoko Iglesias  here.  Hello, hello.

Maybe you’d exclaim, ” What ! Ren, is that you ?  A post after 2 days ? ”

I know , I know ! !  I post once a month, so this is rather  awkward, isn’t it ?

So, okay,  I saw this on the Internet and  I just have to share this with you, guys.  Well, my thoughts have been rather intense   and deep these past few days,  so I thought I could divert  that intensity to something light and fun, like this one.

A girl from the Philippines posted this on Facebook,  Jeya May  Cruz is her name….. said she couldn’t sleep,  so maybe out of boredom,  she put her iPhone on the carpet and asked readers to look for it  in the image .

So, for fun, can you find the iPhone  on the carpet ?  Check out how long it took you to find it ( if you found it ^^ ), and  post a comment here.  No spoilers, please, just  write the time.  Game?

 

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If we cannot change the heart, legislate.

Hello, hello ! !   Renxkyoko Iglesias  reporting for blogging duty . * salutes *

Before anything else, please check out my anime/manga blogsite HERE.

And check out too Brobrubel’s  post HERE

It’s been 37 days since my last post , ” Graduation “. You’d think I’d have plenty to talk about since then…..

To be honest , I have so much  stuff swirling on my mind  that I don’t even know where to begin.  But I have to start somehow……

First off, the  police fatal shootings  of 2 African – Americans…..  I don’t know what to say.  What else can I say ?  At this very moment, I’m more afraid of the police than a terrorist.  Again, for the umpteenth time, my Mom phoned my brother and told him that if he gets pulled over by the cops, he has to freeze, don’t talk, don’t move, even if the  cops  ask for his license.  Let them  look for it.  Sorry but I’m furious.  These incidents wouldn’t happen to a white person.  These cops and wanna – be  cops should have their heads examined  first for any potential   psychological malfunctions.   Based on  Washington Post’s tally,  Mr. Philando  Castile was the  136 black man killed by the police   this year, 2016. This is so shameful. We Americans have no right to talk about human rights  to other countries if this is the way  civilians  are treated  by the very people  who have sworn to protect them .

Now ,  about the Dallas incident……   4 cops have been killed  by a  lone sniper . It’s revenge killing, that’s what it is.   It’s tragic that it has come to this. .  There’s a wedge between the police and  the community, and the Dallas Police Chief  has, in fact,  said  ” he feels the police do not get support from the community. ” One does not need a PhD in Sociology to explain why this is happening.  As I said, I , myself,  am more afraid of a cop killing me  for some minor traffic  infraction  than an ISIS terrorist  killing me while I’m out shopping.

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My  majors are Cell/Molecular Biology and  FORENSICS Biology.  I just submitted a job application  to guess where.  My father’s  work is directly connected  to  law enforcement/ justice department, and my best friend is a cop.   It’s a whopping  trifecta…. a holy mother of irony. . How crazy is that.

This is all for now.  Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

Graduation

 

Renxkyoko Iglesias here, hello !

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So,  Graduation ( Commencement ) ceremony is done . May 20, 2016.  I  had a slight fever that eventful day,  and spent   2 hours  during the commencement trying to suppress terrible coughing.  It rained hard  right after the ceremony (  good for drought- stricken California ), so we weren’t able to take any photos.  Well, just one or two….. and a few lousy, blurry ones.

.My name is on 2 major Bachelor of Sciences courses…. B.S. Cell and Molecular Biology,  minor in Chemistry and B. S.  Forensics Biology.

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.I have bangs, but I was sure it would look awful with that  hat.  That all- forehead  looked better,  I guess.  Right ?  ( Don’t answer that , ha ha )

We had a grad party at home the next day.

 

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.My 2  besties since elementary.  The one on the left  is my #1 bestie. , a police officer, and she’s moving to Florida soon. * sad*

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I hope I see her again .  I get misty eyed at the thought of her leaving California  and our more than a decade of friendship. It’s like saying goodbye to my childhood.

This is all for now. Thanks for reading, folks.

PS……….. My manga/anime blogsite   at http://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com        Check it out.  or HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Random Musings

Renxkyoko Iglesias here, hello !

Before anything else, here are the titles of  the posts, so far, on my anime/manga blogsite, HERE. 

  1. Kimi no Sei manga , 5/10  ( about bullying, where the male protagonist falls in love at first sight with the girl whom he has bullied  and tormented during their elementary years….. female protagonist plans revenge….. you’ll read about my own perspective on bullying)
  2. Anime/ cartoon outsourcing and Philippines’ comics culture
  3. Hiiro no Kakera, 9/10
  4. Gunslinger Girl,  9/10
  5. Golden Time, 5/10
  6.  Moribito, 10/10
  7. My Favorite Animes
  8. My First Time                            There’s so much on my mind right now,  but I promised  I’d avoid politics,  so , what else can I talk about ?   Can I at least say I’m so happy  HC  is the presumptive  Democratic Party candidate  for POTUS ?  Yes ! Yes! Yes!   * happy dance *
  9.                    And why the heck  is my post automatically numbered ?  I have no time to fix this so please ignore the numbers, okay.  Anyways, I’d like to tell you guys that I’ve been working 40 hours for over a year now, not a part – timer anymore, y’know  ? and for some reason, my blog reading time has been drastically reduced.  Also,  I have finally decided to participate at my university’s graduation ceremony, albeit one year late. As you know,  I ‘m graduating  with two majors, 1)  Cellular Biology, concentrating in molecular Biology, 2)    Forensics
  10. Biology, and a minor in Chemistry.   Since I can only  ” walk ” in one major, the chairman of  Forensics Bology has decided  that I walk under her department (  since Forensics Bio is a fairly new department, she wants to have more graduates under her wing. ) Fine !   She did promise she’d write a letter of recommendation for me  to some  law enforcement ‘s  Forensics labs or the Justice department’s own Forensics department. * Don’t renege on that promise, Ma’m.  I’ll hound you. * Seriously.   Anyway,  Graduation Ceremony is on May 21.  Watch  this space.
  11.              Well, this is all for now, folks.  Thanks for reading.
  12.                Hillary

Anime /Cartoon outsourcing and Philippine culture

Hi, Renxkyoko Iglesias here, reporting for duty.

Actually, this blog post is just a reblog of the  latest entry on my anime/ manga blogsite  HERE.  I deem it appropriate, as well, to be posted here on my anything – goes- blog . After all, anything goes here, right ? Well, this is about  FYI  animation business in the Philippines and the Philippines’  comics culture..  So without further ado……..

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I have so much swirling on my mind that I don’t know which  one to tackle first…….. Persona 4, the anime, or Chivalry of the Failed Knight ( which I like ),  or maybe  some thoughts on  outsourcing of anime and cartoons from Japan and USA to  other Asian countries. On second thought,  I guess  I’d write a bit about  this outsourcing stuff, and Chivalry of the Failed Knight, that is,  if  I don’t get to write too much on the subject of outsourcing, which is a delicate matter for Americans……. This issue of outsourcing has ,  in fact,  become a contentious  subject   among political candidates here in the US. These overseas companies are taking jobs away from Americans. To be honest, I believe that, too. Ninety percent  of American cartoons are already produced in Asia, particularly in the Philippines,  where Warner Bros. for example has set up a full-pledge animation studio,  Toei, as well, ( Toei Japan is already based in the Philippines ), , Cartoon Network, Hanna Barbera ( almost 100%  developed in the Philippines… Flintstones, Yogi Bear, etc,  are made entirely in the Philippines, since the early 80’s   ), Nickelodeon,  Marvel, Universal Studious , and yes, Disney.

Marvel has  so many Filipino illustrators in the US that  they were allowed to create their own  Filipino  mutant ( or woman ) . Do you know that girl who can pass thru walls ?  And there’s this  big-muscled  brown supposedly Asian mutant   with a Hispanic name …. yep, they are Filipinos ( but not popular, teehee ). Oh, and Wolverine’s illustrator is a Filipino.

If the trend  continuous, the Philippines may well become the cartoon capital of the world, according to business insiders.   American animation companies, though, have been doing this in secret, and that’s  quite understandable, given the situation here in the US.  This has been going on since the early ’80’s.  So guys,  you may not like it, but  Sailor Moon,  One Piece, Slam Dunk, DigiMon,  Dragon Ball, to name a few,  are made in the Philippines, since the early 80’s. 101 Dalmatians, Tom and Jerry, Little Mermaid ( the TV series)  Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear,  to name a few,  are made in the Philippines, as well, QUIETLY  and SECRETLY.  However, Filipino illustrators are now clamoring to be recognized in the credits.

So, why do they outsource  it to the Philippines, particulary  from American animation studios ?  1.  Besides the obvious one, ( the cost is cut in half ), 2.  Filipinos understand Western sense of humor perfectly,  and the nuances of the English language.  The Philippines was a US colony for 50 years,  and that’s why Filipinos  get it. And thirdly,  and this is most important, ( and sad, in my opinion )  comics has been a part of Filipino culture  since the early 1900’s.  I’m guessing this is an American influence on the Filipinos’ consciousness.  The Philippines had been publishing  comics since the early 20’s  (  the most famous  character since 1926  was  Kenkoy, and his everyday life as a Filipino teenager in the 20’s ) , and since then, comics had proliferated.    The Philipines, in fact,   has been reading manga – like  stories  earlier than  Japan. Some illustrated serials lasted years  , and   were avidly and eagerly followed  on a weekly basis.   The popularity of comics ( komiks )  was so widespread  that the Philippines became  one of the biggest publishers of comics magazines in the world ( second to the US ), pre 1990, after which it waned., and I assume,  Japan  took over with their mangas.

The illustration below is that of  Filipino wonder woman DARNA, originally  named Varga  when it was first published in 1939, then morphed into Darna   in 1947.

Varga in 1939,  wearing a modest super woman costume

Comic cover of Varga

then as Darna, in 1947,  in a nice bikini.

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Come to think of it, Darna is sexier than American  Wonder Woman. Why ? Look at the bottom bikini, It’s high cut, ha ha.  Varga ‘s costume to Darna’s… you’ve come a long way, baby.  Even in current standard, that costume it’s on the risqué side, don’t you think so ?  By the way,  Varga  came out much earlier than  American Wonder Woman. In other words,  a Filipino woman’s place in Philippine culture was not typical of that era, especially in Asia. Philippine society is , in fact, matriarchal.

But  here’s a superhero copycat,  the Philippines’  version of Captain America. (  Captain Barbell ! !) Oh, before I forget, the Darna and above photos are courtesy of Wikipedia. Captain Barbell’s is from  ernee’s corner 

Here’s the thing…… I’m not saying Filipinos have comics mentality.  Comics that time  was a very cheap form of entertainment for poor Filipinos.  Farmers taking a break from back-breaking work  would seat under a tree  and read. There was no TV ,  and no cinema in remote farming towns.

Well, this is all for now, folks.  I hope you find this educational.  Oh, and please don’t hate on the Filipino illustrators.  The meager salary  is enough to feed  a family and send  children to school. * sings * We are the world, we are the children… la la la.  Bye and thank you for reading.

 

 

I’ll Just Sing. Philippine Music 101, Part 1

Hello. Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

I’ve been reflecting on what I wrote on my previous post. Am I regretting it ?  No, not at all.  I needed to vent…. either that, or I’d  burn my computer table. j/k   No more  political rant, okay ? Promise. I’ll just sing ! ! !

First things first…. A MILLION THANKS TO THE MY DEAR READERS WHO HAD GIVEN SUGGESTIONS  ON HOW TO POST  VIDEOS HERE ! ! YOU ‘RE AWESOME !  WHOOH ! 

Now  make it worth my agony and distress by clicking the videos.  Ha ha ha !  C’mon. ~_~ You will click them, right ?

Anyway, I’ve been watching  some Philippine music videos on YouTube and find them so interesting  I feel I need to write about it, and I’m going to call this Philippine Music 101.  Let me tell you though,  there’s no such thing as Filipino “language”.  Tagalog has been designated as the official national language, but the truth is, it’s only one of the many dialects  Filipinos speak. What’s so fascinating about this is, Filipinos speak  dialects that are  , shall I say,  as different  as Greek  from Italian.  I can understand Tagalog, which is the lingua franca in Manila, the capital of the Philippines,  but the dialect spoken in Pampanga,  a province that is just less than a hundred miles from Manila,  is like Greek to me.

Now, some of the music videos I saw on YouTube are sung in different dialects, but they have become my favorite songs to sing nowadays, even though I don’t understand the language.

Here’s a sample  of a Tagalog song,  sung by an American  .  The facial expressions of the guy in black shirt are perfectly attuned to the lyrics, as if he understands  the words. lol   ( I’ve memorized the lyrics myself ) The accent  is okay, except that ” t ” sound which we Americans pronounce as  ” ts”  ( sort of )  The song is IKAW  ( You ).  Loving this song. (  sounds karaokish to me,though. he he ) Listen to all the songs here  full volume to appreciate them more.

This  next one is a favorite. I don’t understand the lyrics. The dialect is Chavacano, (  ” bastardized “Spanish )  spoken in Mindanao, the second biggest island in the Philippines .  The title is Porque (  Because ? ) Loving this, too. I’ve memorized the lyrics and singing it as I’m typing here. The girl singing is Filipina, the guy is American. You know what  ,  the girl kinda looks like me.  * scratches head *   ( But then , people of  same race do look alike, ha ha ha )

Though the Philippines is in Southeast Asia, the culture is very distinctive , even in music.  I’m sure it’s the influence of 333 years of Spanish rule . The sound is definitely very different compared to say,  Chinese  sound or Indian sound.

Here’s another old, old Tagalog song, sung again by  an American choir. I saw more than a dozen of this song sung by American choirs. Dahil  Sa ‘Yo (  Because of You )

Perfect accent guys. (  except  that explosion of t’s , he he )

Next is an ancient Philippine folk song in Waray dialect.  This is sung by a Russian choir. If there’s a Russian reader here,  don’t hate me, but this is an awful version.  I think they lost control of the song. LOL !  Cringe -worthy, but fun to listen to.  The title is Waray, waray.  Filipinos who live in that region are called warays,  and it’s sung by a woman  who says waray women are tough as men  and  can fight to the death , who cares what happens, and so what if we look like thugs ,our   kisses are as sweet as wine.

The next is  another ancient Philippine folk song,  Ayayay, O,  Pag-ibig (  Ayayay, Oh, Love ) sung by a German Choir . Okay, at the end of the song, the all-male German choir  raised their hands and said  HEY… and I was like , O_O, (  I thought I heard Heil !  Sorry, sorry,  just kidding !!!!!   ) but that’s the way it’s sung, actually….. at the end of the song,  Filipinos raise their hands too, and  say ‘  Hey ! ”

 

Here’s another version of Ayayay sung by a Korean choir,  and listen up to the end. It’s a nicer version. Seriously.

It does seem choirs all over the world like to sing  Filipino songs, especially  ancient folk songs, because , I guess, the melodies are catchy and choir material ?  There’s this song Rosas Pandan  that has been sung by  literally hundreds of choirs all over the world, like, it’s supposed to be part of their repertoire.  If you’re a choir, you have to sing this.

Here’s another version by grown – ups.

Russian choir not far behind.

This is all for now. I’ll have a Part 2 next time.

And check out my anime/manga  blog

http://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com

Again,  a BIG THANK YOU !!  You just saved me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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