The Creative Blogger Award (Again!)

Last year, Medieval Otaku gave me the Creative Blogger Award. And recently, I got the award again, but from Josh W of Res Studiorum et LudorumSo yeah, now, here’s a refresher on the rules of this award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 15-20 bloggers (Josh’s post says “10-20,” though, but eh) and add their links.
  4. Notify the bloggers you nominated.
  5. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do!

Honestly, though, I’m hyped up for Rule #2, but Rule #3 feels like a freaking tall order to me right now. I haven’t been very active when it comes to checking out others’ blogs, see, and I feel like having a chat with whoever’s interested enough to chat with me, so yeah. Also, I’m stringent when it comes to nominating.

Oh, and speaking of Rule #2, my enthusiasm for it is making me worried about myself…

Anyway, before I go trying to flex my mental muscles like how FMA’s Major Armstrong flexes his way more substantial physical muscles, I’ll go do one nomination–or in this case, a shoutout, as I have nominated her for this same award before–for the WordPress blogger that I think I’m reading the most lately: Mrs. Melanie Jean Juneau. I honestly haven’t been reading her posts about the Roman Catholic faith much (not like they’re totally not worth reading, though), but I do remember being captivated recently by her posts about her family and their home, particularly the ones that involved her family’s little farm (such as this linked post here). So yeah, there, and, uh…I apologize for not nominating enough again.

Now, on to talking about 5 facts that’ll probably be talked about for generations.

1. I’m currently a delayed university student. Before that, and for the sake of my health, I was on Leave of Absence for about a year, and after that LoA, I went through a semester underloaded. I think I can call that semester decently spent, but that’s not a reason for me to not try to do better in the future. I also pray that God help me properly adjust into university days again.

2. I got into League of Legends mainly because of certain Youtaite (I think it’s pronounced “yoo-tah-ee-teh,” ’cause the term was based on the Japanese word “utaite,” or “歌い手”), cover singers who, like the utaite of Nico Nico Douga, mainly cover Japanese songs, with specific focus on Vocaloid, anime, and other popular Japanese music. I’ve been finding fun with it, yo, and I think Poppy’s pretty much my main there right now. Oh, and if you’re an interested LoL player living in the Philippines, then feel free to contact me for a game or two. 🙂

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She’s pretty much my main Champion in LoL right now.

3. My favorite teleserye is “Ang Probinsyano,” an ongoing police-centered action drama based on the late Fernando Poe Jr.’s namesake 1997 film. Among the teleseryes I’ve known throughout my life, it’s currently the only one that I consider a favorite. The TV series deviates a lot from the source film, and I don’t watch TV dramas a lot, but when I’m near the TV when it’s on (and, usually, being watched by my maternal grandfather), my attention gets attracted very well. As far as I’ve observed, I’m very impressed by the heart-gripping acting, the very interesting characters, the intense action scenes, and the socially aware writing. Oh, and speaking of that show, its production crew’s plans for guest castings makes me jokingly ask “How many special guests will we have to see before the main villains of the show finally fall?” Anyway, I’m still impressed by the show, impressed enough for me to call it a favorite.

Now, here’s one of my favorite scenes from the show:

By the way, here’s some context for the above clip: Hector Mercurio, a former Police Inspector who became a police-hating hitman after his wife’s tragic death in a Special Action Force operation, had recently dealt a critically wounding sniper shot to Cardo Dalisay’s Police Chief/Superintendent grand-uncle, Delfin Borja, during a surprise birthday party that Delfin’s family and friends prepared for him. Cardo, enraged, went after Hector, who was an inspiration to the younger man while they were working in the Special Action Force. Cardo easily managed to track down Hector thanks to a tip from Marie Alegre, a college girl who had been vital in identifying Hector as the serial police killer who was hindering investigations in the battle against illegal drugs. Cardo and Hector fought on a rooftop, and then Hector tried to escape after police reinforcements arrived, and then there’s the above scene.

4. As of now, my favorite Vocaloids are IA, Miku, Gumi, and Vocaloid Fukase.

5. When I’m putting a lot more effort into thinking, one of the things that I usually do is to walk around in circles or something.

And there you have ’em, dear nutshellcrackers. Now, I need to chill out and loosen up some more. Next post will be up suddenly, yo. And again, thank you very much for the award, Josh! \(^o^)

Tobby Received the Creative Blogger Award!

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So, I got this award from Medieval Otaku. Thanks very much for this award, yo! And I should work better in making stuff for this blog and for its readers as well…You can do it, Tobby!

And now, the rules for this award!

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 15-20 bloggers and add their links.
  4. Notify the bloggers you nominated.
  5. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do!

With the rules listed and the thanking for MediOta done, it’s time to share five facts about myself!

1. I’m not a dog person. Not like I hate the existence of dogs, though. They can be scary when they’re guarding people’s houses, there are dogs who do important jobs with security personnel, and I like some cute dog videos too, but when dogs bark go wild again and again and again…Well, my patience easily runs out.

2. I’m more of a cat person. In my case, cats are more tolerable than dogs. They have their own ways of pissing people off, though (for example: eating my family’s food off the table or the kitchen without our permission), but my patience doesn’t run out as easily as when I deal with dogs.

By the way, I’m a fan of Maru and Hana.

3. I think that fiction is a depiction of a reality similar to what the writer experiences combined with the writer’s desires. I also think that fiction is not supposed to be an escape from reality, but a guide to properly facing reality.

4. I hate “love songs” that mostly go along the lines of “I like your crappiness,” “I’ll hate you if you like another person,” or “I can’t live without you.” If there’s a girl who I wanna be lovers with, I want to write a love song that shows my imperfections and my desire and efforts to be a truly better person, especially for her.

As an example of the love songs that I really like, here’s this freaking beautiful song by 40mP-sensei.

5. I play Kantai Collection. Yes, I’m leading fleets of shipgirls, beings who, in the hands of my fellow foolish humans, wrecked people in the past, in a time when they were still chunks of metal, fuel, ammo, and bauxite. Also, when it comes to fanfics of that series, I like reading about the shipgirls–even the ones outside the presented group in the game itself–being in a realistic setting. I highly recommend The Greatest Generation (which was given up by its first author, sadly, although it was adopted by some other people), Belated Battleship, and War Surplusyo.

And now, the bloggers who I’ll nominate:

  1. Melanie Jean Juneau
  2. MagnAvaloN
  3. Noeybody

I apologize for not nominating enough. I haven’t checked out a lot of other blogs lately, and the above nominated are the only ones I consider deserving of this award as of now. And I guess I should read more blogs. I hope you find some truly worthwhile blogs, Tobby! \(^o^)

Now, see you again in the den, nutshellcrackers!

Three-Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

And now, here’s my final post for the Three-Day Quote Challenge! Again, I thank Medieval Otaku very much for tagging me! I highly recommend checking out his posts for Day 2 and Day 3 of his shot at this challenge too!

Now, the rules of this challenge!

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Now then, time for the Day 3 Quote…

Day 3 Quote

“I hate hating people. I do hate bad behavior, though.” — The Overlord Bear

For my last post for this challenge, I decided to share some of my own thoughts. I guess I can say that the above quote is something that I have said a lot in my interactions with people after I started calling myself “The Overlord Bear” in the Internet. I’m sure that there will be times when people will question me–and maybe even scorn me–because of my faith in humanity, especially in those who seem like they don’t deserve true happiness. I understand that sort of feeling, though, that “Why give that cruel person kindness?” sort of feeling, for I have felt that way when I was younger and more immature too. But after years of suffering and learning, I realized that we humans are imperfect since birth. And at the same time, I realized that we humans can improve too. Along with those realizations, I also realized that hating humans is counterproductive and not beneficial to fulfilling humanity’s desire for true happiness. We need each other, yes, but we don’t need our imperfections to rule us. I’ll hate your bad behavior, but I won’t hate your existence, fellow fools. I know that you have potential for true awesomeness, and why not be truly awesome, right? 🙂

And as for those who think that there are no rules, our existence defeats that thought. Oh, and I guess the “There are no rules” argument also defeats itself as well. Plus, to those who think that they can make rules, I’d like to say that we humans don’t and can’t make the laws of the universe. We’re just enforcers of the law, enforcers who don’t really understand all of the universe’s laws, enforcers who do a lot of trial-and-error, enforcers who would correct themselves when they know that they’re doing things wrong.

Praise the Lord, and God Almighty help us.

And now, here’s my last set of nominees:

  1. Celeste of Contemplans Profundes
  2. Juliet Lubega
  3. Sachi Ishii

Three-Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

Here’s my second post for the Three-Day Quote Challenge! Again, thanks very much for tagging me, Medieval Otaku!

Now, here are the rules of this challenge again:

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger for nominating you.

And now, it’s time for the quote…

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Day 2 Quote

“Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like Him.” — Mahatma Gandhi

I remember a priest mentioning something that Gandhi once said, which was “I love Christ, but I don’t love the Christians.” Finding this quote reminded me of that. I bet that a considerable amount of Christians would take offense, thinking that they did no wrong. My younger self would probably go into a fit of rage too. But if I find a person who genuinely agrees with the above quote, I will be very happy. God has worked through Gandhi and his feedback on Christians, people who have infamy (maybe exaggerated at times, but still real) because of the very vocal self-righteousness that plagues their hearts. As a Christian, I should know that I’m not perfect. At times, I will fall to weakness. One day, I will die. With this human body of mine, I can’t know everything, and I can’t save everyone. Yes, I can improve, but I can’t do that alone. Knowing my own weaknesses will be a painful thing to the imperfect me, but I’d like to take that instead of “blissful” ignorance. Knowing my own weaknesses inspires me into finding ways to properly repair myself.

Thank you very much for those words, Gandhi. And thank you very much too, God. 🙂

And now, here is my second set of nominees:

  1. Corinne of Corinne’s Writing
  2. Noeybody
  3. Robert C. Price

Freaking Nuts, Tobby Received The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

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bluchickenninja awarded me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Freaking nuts. Thank you very much for the award, bluchickenninja! Also, keep on doing your best and having fun with what you do, Tobby! Be an inspiration, and help other people in becoming inspirations, too! YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Now then, time for the rules of this award:

  1. Thank and make a link to the person(s) who nominated/awarded you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other blogs and comment on their posts to let them know that they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

And now, more facts about me:

  1. Ever since childhood, forming headcanons in my mind is something that I do a lot. I’ve been doing it even before I knew what the word “headcanon” meant (And I knew about the meaning of that word just last year.), but I didn’t turn them into writing or illustrations or some sort of artwork up until last year.
  2. I became interested in reading and writing fanfiction last year, too. I became interested in doing that after reading a documented essay about writing fanfiction, and freaking nuts, I’ve got so many headcanons about Dangan Ronpa and the Kagerou Project that I want to develop!
  3. During my elementary years, I was a pessimistic crybaby. Seriously, I was a very pessimistic crybaby back then. I feel like the classmates that I’ve been with during my elementary years would be so surprised when they see what sort of person I am now.
  4. I find Studio SHAFT’s animation style fascinating. I haven’t watched a lot of their animations (I’ve watched Mekakucity Actors–which I won’t stop following–and I’ve watched little bits of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, and Hidamari Sketch), but still, I find their animation very eye-catching. From wide rooms and elaborate designs to frequent head-tilts and hilarious drawings, I find Studio SHAFT’s style very very fun. It’s like the animation style is telling me: “Dude, break out of your shell and look at the world around you. It’s full of interesting things that can turn into beautiful things.” As of now, the Studio SHAFT animations that I would like to watch (aside from Mekakucity Actors) are Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Hidamari Sketch.
  5. Hating people is a habit that I do not want to exist in my list of habits. I don’t like hating people, because no one deserves hatred. Sure, people are imperfect, and I’m imperfect too, but we all have potential for goodness, even if it seems impossible. If you were to ask me, if we want the world to become a better place, then we need to focus on developing that potential without hating the existence of other people.
  6. I’ve already decided some time ago that I would dedicate my life to helping in making the world a happier place. I feel like many people these days would call me insane with this mindset that I have, but still, I won’t give up on it. We all want happiness, even if we think we don’t. I want to lead people to true happiness, you know. ^_^
  7. I want to meet a girl who is like the Kagerou Project‘s Ayano Tateyama.

And now, it’s time for the 15 nominees:

  1. descent Subs
  2. knits by Sachi
  3. Roman Castilleja
  4. Timothy Pike
  5. Melanie Jean Juneau
  6. Luis R. Valadez
  7. Samuel Mpamugo
  8. Jaideep Nema
  9. Jacob Kolasch
  10. The Poetic Build
  11. Delicious Peace of Mind
  12. Really Short Stories by Mads
  13. The Catholic Husband
  14. Renewed Hope
  15. Paul Militaru

Once again, thanks very much for the award, bluchickenninja! And to the nominees, keep on doing your best and having fun with blogging!

Tobby Received The Liebster Award!

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Huh, I got another blogging award. Thank you very much for giving me The Liebster Award, Matthew Burgos! ^_^

As for the rules of this award, well…check them out by clicking this link here.

And now, here are my answers to Mr. Burgos’s questions:

  1. If your house is on fire, what will you take and why? I’d prioritize saving my family first. If there are things that I can still salvage, then I’ll retrieve the stuff that I can safely retrieve.
  2. If you’ll leave all the stress in this world, where will you go? If, by stress, you mean negative stress, then I would probably be going to death at that point. In life, negative stress waits on the path to true happiness. If I want to go away from negative stress, then I’ll have to face negative stress and win against it, step by step.
  3. Will you directly type your writing works or write it down first in a notebook/journal? Usually, I prefer directly typing my writing works. Writing my works down in a notebook/journal feels more difficult (erasure marks, erasure marks, freaking erasure marks), and writing using a computer feels smoother.
  4. What genre of books do you read? I’m not quite genre-specific when it comes to reading books. When it comes to reading books, I look for and read books that can positively inspire me greatly.
  5. What is your highly recommended read and why? Kagerou Daze. It’s Japanese, but you can find English translations here. It’s a pretty inspirational story, even if it can be dark at times. LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE AND FRIENDSHIP FOR THE WIN! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
  6. Does music inspire you to write? If yes, what certain song do you listen to? Yes, music does inspire me into writing, and I usually listen to Jin/Shizen no Teki-P’s music in order to motivate myself.  DECO*27’s music, Mashiro Shirakami’s music, and Suzumu’s music also inspire me, but Jin-sensei’s music is at the top of my inspirational music list.
  7. When was your hardest writing experience? I guess my hardest writing experience would be my awakening to my creative writing skills. I was an angry high school kid waiting and facing some bullies (I feel like I exaggerated their bad attitudes towards me and my friends in my mind back then, though.) during cheering practice for my school’s Intramurals opening, so I wrote a poem in order to vent out my anger properly. I forgot what its title was and what it was exactly about, though.
  8. If you can have something material today (any price) for free, what will it be and why? A PS Vita. I wanna be able to play Persona 4 Golden and Dangan Ronpa.
  9. If you will write a story with a dedication, to whom will you address it? If I were to write a story with a dedication…I’d dedicate it to those who are having difficulties in seeking true happiness.
  10. Would you rather live in reality or fantasy? I prefer reality, even if it can be a tough place. Besides, if I lived in fantasy, then it would become reality already. So…yeah, I can’t escape reality. I can never escape from reality. We can never escape from reality, you know.
  11. What is writing for you? For me, writing is one of the ways that a person can use to inspire other people.

Now, here are 11 random facts about myself:

  1. Recently, I have become a fan of DECO*27 (Read: Deko Niina) and his music. As of now, my favorite DECO*27 song is Kissou Honnou (Heart’s Homing Instinct).
  2. I’m a Roman Catholic.
  3. Aside from creative writing, which I consider to be my specialty, I’m also interested in drawing pictures and composing music.
  4. I have a YouTube Channel. Hanging around YouTube and watching YouTubers’ videos was probably a major influence in its creation.
  5. I’m a fan of PewDiePie and Markiplier. They got me interested in Let’s Playing, and their horror game Let’s Plays helped me get used to the horror genre.
  6. I’ve written fanfiction before, and I’m still interested in writing fanfiction, especially fanfics of my favorite series mixed with whatever interesting ideas that form inside my mind, to express myself and inspire other people.
  7. I’m not good at playing musical instruments, so when I’m going compose music, I prefer using PxTone. As of now, I have made one short musical piece, and its title is “Glass Polisher.”
  8. I haven’t tried drawing digitally yet. I’m still interested in it, though.
  9. Some of my favorite characters are Ayano Tateyama and Kousuke Seto from the Kagerou Project and Makoto Naegi from the Dangan Ronpa series.
  10. I’m currently interested in Ume Aoki’s Hidamari Sketch and Dai Shiina’s Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii, but, as of now, I haven’t read them much.
  11. I’m a really optimistic person. You probably would have noticed that if you’ve spent enough time near me and my works.

And now, here are the 5 blogs/bloggers that I would like to nominate for The Liebster Award:

  1. The Catholic Husband
  2. Juan Blea
  3. Delicious Peace of Mind
  4. Medieval Otaku
  5. Knits by Sachi

And here are my 11 questions for the nominees:

  1. What sort of music do you like?
  2. Is there a foreigner-made artwork that you really like?
  3. Is there a fictional story that you would like to recommend?
  4. What do you usually do when you’re in the Internet?
  5. Have you ever had to deal with a really short-tempered child?
  6. Do you think that you are an optimist?
  7. What is your preferred way of dealing with people who hate you?
  8. Do you think that the death penalty is a good way to curb crime?
  9. Who is the family member that inspired you most?
  10. In three to five words, what are your values?
  11. What is your favorite food?

Once again, thank you very much for the award! ^_^

Tobby was Nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award!

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So, I had gone through a very distressful (good thing that vigorous exercise helped clear my mind) week, when I found out that the bloggers of Aquila et Infansmedievalotaku and thompdjamesnominated me for (and at the same time, awarded me) The Versatile Blogger Award! Freaking nuts! Again, I thank you two very much!

Now, let me explain the rules of The Versatile Blogger Award in my own words:

  • Give thanks to the person/people who nominated/awarded you!
  • Include a link to the nominator’s blog! How do you do that, you ask? Eh, find out for yourself! There’s more than one way to do that, you know!
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you just found or regularly follow! As you select, ask yourself the question: Do these blogs/bloggers deserve this award?
  • Nominate those 15 selected blogs/bloggers!
  • Tell your nominator 7 things about yourself!

Right, now that the rules have been explained, it’s time for me to reveal 7 facts about myself!

  1. I’m a Filipino university student who lives in the Philippines. The course that I’m taking up is Creative Writing.
  2. I’ve never had a girlfriend before. For me, I don’t think that’s a big deal, though, because what matters to me is finding the right girl for me.
  3. I studied in a Don Bosco school/a school run by the Salesians of Don Bosco all throughout high school. Studying there was freaking worth it, alright.
  4. I’m the eldest brother among 4 siblings. My age? Not gonna reveal that to you directly…yet.
  5. I dream of going to and living in Japan someday. I’m very much interested in Japan’s art, too.
  6. I also dream of visiting Turin and Vatican City someday. Turin, because I want to visit Don Bosco’s oratory there, and Vatican City, because I want to visit the cultural sites there and even meet the Pope himself.
  7. I’m a fan of the Kagerou Project and Dangan Ronpa. And by the way, I’m a fan of them because they taught me valuable life lessons in freaking beautiful ways. I’m freaking serious here, people.

Now then, it’s time to announce the 15 blogs/bloggers that I shall nominate/award!

  1. Jaideep Nema of Beautiful Life !!
  2. Madhura Sukalikar and her Really Short Stories
  3. Jacob Kolasch
  4. Satoria of ThePoeticBuild
  5. Corine Tan
  6. Juan Blea of The Aztlan Blog
  7. Delicious Peace of Mind
  8. Luis R. Valadez of V Life Coaching
  9. Annette Freeman of sendchampagne
  10. Renewed Hope
  11. Colin of The Catholic Husband
  12. Melanie Jean Juneau
  13. Samuel Mpamugo of The YOU Ideology
  14. Cooking With Core
  15. less talking, more writing

Alright, now that that’s over with, time to remind myself of my motto again:

Do your best, have fun, keep calm, look at the bright side, and friendship for the win!

Tobby’s Second Attempt at Writing a 270-Word Blog Post

So, JT told me that I had two hundred and fifty words in my first attempt at writing a blog post containing two hundred and seventy words ONLY. So here I am, trying again.

Anyway, it’s no big deal for me. I have written more than two hundred and seventy words in a single post lots of times in the past, but writing a blog post with two hundred and seventy words. This challenge that JT set is a very interesting challenge, and I also see it as a nice opportunity to get back to my daily writing habit. I really need to get my mind and spirit straight these days. All these stressors are influencing me to go nuts in a bad way, and I need to do something in order to keep myself calm and AWAKEN!

Well, I think I can do it if I put my mind to it. I also think you can do it if you put your mind to it, too. Writing a blog post containing two hundred and seventy words, I mean. Don’t you think that this an interesting challenge? Don’t you think that this is a great opportunity to practice your writing skills? Maybe I should go nuts on the next paragraph right now.

Hello, I’m The Overlord Bear, and I’m trying to fill up an empty gap between a work in progress and the boundary of two hundred and seventy words. Do you see it? It’s coming closer. We’ve now passed by two hundred and fifty, which was where I stopped during my last attempt. And then we’re done! Freaking nuts!

Relax After a Hard Day’s Work, Tobby!

The tiring days are coming again. By “tiring days,” I mean college. Well, it can be tiring, but I can choose to look at the bright side and find something relaxing! Like listening to KagePro music! I love that series so much…and I also love Jin’s music, too…

Anyway, aside from that, when I’m at home after a hard day’s work, I would usually watch YouTube videos, hang around Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and update my blog here in WordPress, which is what I’m doing right now. Well, I probably won’t be able to update this blog daily this semester, so I’ll have to adjust and change my blogging frequency. I have more important things to do, too, so I have to focus on them first.

But you know, when I think about it, when I do my best in doing my school-related work or any important work outside my life here in cyberspace, relaxing feels more refreshing. I guess it’s because my work and rest are balanced. I guess keeping calm and looking at the bright side helps, too.

Well, I’ll be going back to relaxing right now. My legs are tired. I’m on my bed right now. Sorry, Mr. Chair and Mr. Table. I feel much better here on the bed right now. When my body feels more relaxed, I’ll probably spend my computer time with you guys.

Ahh…Since the busy and tiring days are about to come, more opportunities for inspiration are about to come, too.

And now, it’s time for a self-reminder:

Relax after a hard day’s work, Tobby!