Monday, September 27, 2010

Insight: The 2010 Bar Exam Mishap

I could not help but quiver at the carnage...

I was back at my home province, celebrating with my family for my youngest sister's 7th birthday. That night however, I was shocked when I saw the news about the bombings near De La Salle University during the final week of the 2010 Bar Examinations.

At first I thought it was just some stray fireworks that some of the fraternity well-wishers intended to use to celebrate the achievements of their brother-barristers. I was however in for a VERY rude awakening. 

The next day, unaware of what has transpired, I arrived at my apartment in Manila and got a more gruesome view of the scenario: some of my fraternity brothers and sisters were primarily the victims of the mishap. According to the reports, someone wearing a jacket, who was identified as a member of another fraternity was seen throwing a grenade at the crowd. The resulting numbers were just mind-boggling: an estimate of 44 people injured, 9 of them from our fraternity and our partner sorority; 4 of them seriously injured, including two sisters with their legs amputated.

A few hours after this blog I intend on visiting some of the victims, who were not just my erstwhile fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, but also close friends. Further blog posts will just have to be put on hold until I can finally hold my peace of mind together. I urge all those who would chance upon this post to pray for the victims. 

I just hope and pray that justice be served upon those people responsible...

"God bless us everyone
We are broken people living under loaded gun
And we can't be outfought
We can't be outdone
We can't be outmatched
We can't be outrun..."

-Adapted from Linkin Park's The Catalyst...  

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gundam 00 Model Kit & Site Updates...

Just had my leisurely surf through Ngee Khiong a few hours ago and came across unexpected releases from Bandai:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quick Update: LP+Gunpla and WoW+Gunpla

Still haven't found the new Linkin Park Album at nearby record bars, but before I could acquire it (and thus starting the review), they dropped a bigger bombshell... with help from Sunrise and Bandai:

Well, the art's not quite the real bombshell. It's the Gundam behind it, and here's the scoop: Bandai, in cooperation with LP will release a special edition of the HGUC RX-78GP01fb Full Vernian Zephyrantes,clad up in custom LP colors. Do bear in mind that this same Gundam (possibly in Master grade form) was also seen in the set of their Meteora-era song, Somewhere I Belong, where it also shared the spotlight with Sazabi and Wing Zero.

I know the white-over-matte-gray color scheme may be a bit too bland for the suit... But still, I'm quite digging the album cover-inspired shield design; it's as if it got hit by one of the GP02A Physalis' nuke warheads... only to survive with a mere scratch...

On another note...

If Gundams existed in the Warcraft metaverse, I figured this is what Ilidan "Terrorblade" Stormrage would pilot... with the G-Gundam style cockpit... XD

Friday, September 10, 2010

Album Preview: Linkin Park's 'A Thousand Suns'

Album Cover tagged from WikiMedia

Just before I do a couple more Gunpla reviews, I figured that I post something different. Because a lot has been happening everywhere, particularly in the music scene. New artists popping out like mushrooms with their catchy, LSS-inducing tracks and what not. 

Then there are those 'experienced' ones - the artists who try to: one, create new media by reusing their old formula; or two, reinvent their musical identities altogether. 

In the case of Linkin Park, particularly with their upcoming album A Thousand Suns however, I'm quite confused: they claim to be going back to their roots for this one, but they also plan on making on making a new niche for themselves. Uh... What really is true here?