no, i'm not deleting my friendster account. i'm just going to trim it a bit.
when i first signed up for it, it was june 2003. i was working for isis international manila, and they had 24/7 internet connection, being an international feminist media NGO -- comes with the work, and the territory, much like networking. that was the time we first tried this thing called friendster, and it was addicting, much like how facebook is addicting to pinoys these days. but i have to admit, facebook is better.
regardless of the updates in features and cute and techy stuff, it's rather taxing to put it all in there. so i just let it sit there for people to find and connect to.
of course, as years moved on, i added small stuff and revisions to the ABOUT ME section, the latest being this:
- About Me:
i like watching films (good or bad, it's always nice to talk about them with friends), listening to good music (preferably live performances), sampling great food from all over the world, except those with ginger. i love to dance and i'm glad i had occasional outlets before such as latin/hiphop aerobics and bellydancing (but i miss these sessions now because, dahil sa globalisasyon, our bellydancing teacher fled to hong kong to work in disneyland bummer). i also miss disco/club dancing so just feel free to pull me to an exclusive party or any het-oriented place with good dance music because i regret not doing that lately and i wanna change that. i enjoy the solitary confinement of being a writer, but i do seek out person-to-person communication (still the best for me), preferably over coffee, tea or alcohol. and i love to discover new places, travel with friends and kindred spirits. and yes, i am a lesbian feminist but i don't consider myself a wannabe man. i'm what they call a 'lipstick dyke' although i've already shun make-up since this new decade began. but that can still change... (the make-up, i mean. the sexuality is there to remain, and there to define me). however, people say i look androgynous lately in a [code name] cutie butchie kind of way hehe (must be the clothes), but i don't mind. patience is a virtue for me, and i think siddharta got things right, so i'm trying to take cues from there. taurus here, born in the year of the ox...does that tell you something? :P latest incarnation is as a film school teacher so kelangan bang maging kagalang-galang na ako dine? idontthinkso. :) sabi nga ni maricel soriano noong 80s sa show niya, "i am what i am, i am my own special creation." tama ba? :P wala lang. oo nga pala, paminsan-minsan nagdidirek ako ng video and tv stuff pero saka ko na lang ikukuwento sa yo.
it's strange how an ABOUT ME entry could trace transitions and phases in one's life...
but the WHO I WANT TO MEET section never changed:
- Who I Want to Meet:
er, those who want to meet me? make contact. it's an awful waste of space if you don't. if you want to talk, listen, be heard, have fun, play around without the hassles and drama queen modes, then tara!
everyone is welcome as long as you are not a racist, ageist, classist, elitist, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic, moralistic, bigoted, back-stabbing, insensitive, idiotic, assholic, full-of-yourself, religious-text-wielding fool
because it still stands up to this day.
some favorites changed and some remain.
- Schools (Other):
- Hobbies and Interests:
literature, creative writing, films, photography, chillout music, good food, great company of smart women and mature men, queer issues and concerns, lesbian-themed stuff on earth and out there in the cosmos and everywhere else, and reconnecting with kindred spirits
- Favorite Books:
lots, but carl sagan's CONTACT is up there as well as gabriel garcia marquez' ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, toni morrison's BELOVED and jeanette winterson's THE PASSION as well as all her other works, some works of virginia woolf and all works of douglas coupland especially LIFE AFTER GOD, classic lesbian novel RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE by rita mae brown, DOGEATERS by fil-am writer jessica hagedorn
- Favorite Movies:
lots, but CONTACT and GIRL INTERRUPTED come to mind and everything with JODIE FOSTER and ANGELINA JOLIE in leads/second leads and a bunch of european films and movie musicals and lgbt indie flicks like GO FISH
- Favorite Music:
OSTs, chillout/lounge music, also triphop to a certain extent, not so much the loud music, latin beats, old school jazz/blues, alternative poprock, putumayo world music collections, TORI AMOS, INDIGO GIRLS, BILLIE HOLLIDAY, and a lot of women singer-songwriters both local and foreign like alanis, suzanne vega, natalie merchant, dido at iba iba pa
- Favorite TV Shows:
THE L WORD!!!!!!!! (it's cool! it's hot!), queer as folk (labs ko pa rin mga badingers dito pero sorry, the L.A. L-word gels rock!), csi orig/csi ny, the apprentice (life lessons learned here: saksakan sa likod blues and all that jazz - don'tcha love it?) and yes aaminin ko na smallville kasi mukhang bading si clark hihihi...
but the occupation stayed the same.
observer of life or in layperson's terms: writer
up to this day.
it's just strange because some indonesian person cut a huge portion of my ABOUT ME and pasted it in his/her own site. and it's like a porn site. weird. so this is one reason why i'm trimming it.
friendster is effective advertising, that's why i'm keeping it. other than that, you'll see me here in multiply and on facebook most times.