Ditching the usual weekend bullets to try a different tack. Why wait for the New Year to try something new, anyway?
The “new,” as I visualize it, is to churn out semi-daily posts with a comic issue as a jump-off point, then go on from there. The issue may be the best one I’ve read up to that point, or the most notable for one reason or another. Or it could be the only one I read, like “Sundays are Different,” the Jamie Delano-penned issue #33 of Hellblazer and the only comic book I’ve read on this particular Sunday.
This Sunday is indeed different. I was feeling good from having spent a night at the F1 Hotel Manila at the swanky Bonifacio Global City. It was our 12th anniversary, and the wifey and I decided to celebrate it with a little “staycation.” Yesterday, with our little nine-year-old in tow, we watched Aquaman at Uptown Mall, dropped by Filbar’s for my weekly comics fix, had merienda at the Hello Kitty Cafe, and watched the Disney-themed light show at the Ayala Triangle in Makati. We could’ve done a lot more, as the night was still young, so to speak, but the kiddo was already tired and grumpy, so we went back to our hotel room instead where the wifey watched a local movie about aging lesbians on cable and I fought and eventually lost a battle with sleep. So much for celebration.
And now it’s Sunday. Toyed with the idea of going to Megamall for the last day of the Toycon Christmas Toys & Collectibles Fair 2018, but the thought of heavy traffic and huge crowds turned me off. I’m not happy about it, but I gotta save energy for Monday.
And then I remembered I still have an issue left before I finished Volume 4 of Hellblazer.
Man, they’ve surely leveled up on the CG these days. Imagine, I’m sort of head over hills over Shank of Ralph Breaks the Internet. And Gal Gadot giving voice to the character is just part of the attraction. It’s her looks, and her poise, and the way she talks… Jesus, this is crazy. And to think in high school I smirked at those who claimed to have developed a crush on Veronica from the Archie comics.
Anyway, other highlights of the weekend:
- Saw the Avengers: Endgame teaser and was floored. April 2019 can’t come any sooner;
- Went to Megamall with the wifey and had lunch at Zubuchon, the latter memorable for my first taste of baked tahong in a long while. Made a mental note to try their baked scallops next;
- Scored a bunch of comics from Comic Quest and Filbar’s Megamall. I know I do this every week, but this one was different as the wifey was with me, and she herself scored a bunch of Coffin Hill back issues;
- Three movies: the aforementioned Ralph Breaks the Internet plus Peppermint and The Nun;
- Did a little toy photography on Sunday morning.
And that was that. Nice to have written about my weekend again after two weeks of absence. What can I say? The last two workweeks had been hectic, and up to now I’m still reeling from it. Plus, this being the Christmas season, there are just so many things to do. If only I could sleep December off, wake up when all the madness is over.
Then again, why miss the fun?
The last Komikon of the year took place on Saturday and Sunday, and as much as I would have liked to be there on those two days just to gawk and chat and stroll, I was only available on Saturday afternoon. Except for the hellish traffic I went through coming to the venue, it was still a fun experience, as evidenced by the bagful of comics I came home with. So I was a couple of thousand pesos poorer, so what?
Other highlights of the weekend:
- Spent an afternoon in Megamall all by myself, with lunch at Yoshinoya and a visit to Filbar’s to claim my comics for the week (Domino #8);
- Started watching the new DC series Titans (I like that it’s violent and gritty, and has Minka Kelly playing Dove);
- Finished reading The New Avengers 2 TPB;
- Went to a kiddie party in faraway Kalentong with the girls;
- Rearranged by graphic novel and comics collection because of the new additions.
And now I face another Monday thinking weekend should be a four-day thing.
Guns N’ Roses circa 2018 at the Philippine Arena is not the highlight of my weekend; rather, it’s Queen circa 1985 in London. Yes, I finally saw Bohemian Rhapsody, and the fact that I’ve been listening to nothing but Queen today is testament to how much I enjoyed the movie, flaws and all.
Other highlights of the weekend:
- Went to Megamall with the girls to inquire about visa requirements for our Planned Big Trip in 2019;
- Popped our DC Super Heroes Cafe cherry (food is good but pricey AF);
- Picked up two weeks’ worth of comics from Filbar’s Megamall;
- Finished reading Daredevil: Guardian Devil TPB;
- Finished reading Ford County, my first Grisham (I know. Sue me);
- Watched the last two episodes of The Haunting of Hill House.
All in all, a fine weekend of rock ‘n’ roll, family bonding, and escapism. Can’t have it any better.
Last week had been particularly stressful. I went home from work on Thursday thinking of doing a Chris McCandless — leave everything behind and live a quiet life in the woods. Or someplace rural. I was convinced city life is driving me mad.
But the next day was a rebound. I credit sleep, Friday vibes… and a bunch of TPBs scored on sale at Filbar’s in Megamall.
What can I say? Retail therapy, man. Also: these comic books — as well as the dozens of unread paperbacks and magazines I’ve accumulated through the years — will make good companions if ever I decided to push through with my fantasy of living a life of complete solitude in the woods. Maybe it sounds puerile, but I don’t think I’ll ever abandon that daydream, especially considering the shit I have to deal with on a daily basis.
For the meantime, I ride this roller-coaster city life, with an eye on the next Filbar’s sale.