Francis Rubio

I just found out my aunt, whom I call Tita Lading, has died. We have not seen each other in more than 12 years. She was with me growing up, and even took care of me as a child. When my mother died, she went back home to Davao.

My new website design

I went to a photo studio recently so I could update my Eleventy website banner. Here’s what I’ve been working on for several hours now.

My Ears

Today, I went to an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist to have my ears checked, and lo and behold, there was years’ worth of earwax lodged into both of my ears. They were literally covering my entire eardrums like how the large stone blocked the cave where Jesus was buried. 😭 The doctor cleaned it out and I can now hear the angels sing. Hell, I can almost hear the trumpet of Armageddon! 😂

Notes on Filipino orthography

One fact that most Filipinos overlook is the fact that in the Filipino alphabet, ng is a single letter, not two. It’s how we represent the /ŋ/ (voiced velar nasal) sound.

Raiden Shogun, top 5 least interesting character in the game?

A Genshin Impact hot take I’ve seen today is that Raiden is supposedly easily top 5 least interesting characters in the game. And I completely disagree with that. In my opinion, she is one of the more developed characters we’ve met, and the only flaws in her character is that (1) she has not taken any real accountability for the Vision Hunt Decree and its consequences, and (2) her lore is basically done; aside from her ties with Celestia and where she’ll lead Inazuma next, her story is over.

Revisiting old theories

I like going back to old Genshin Impact theories once they get debunked. Before we got to Sumeru, we based on Dainsleif’s statements in the Travail trailer where he said “the god of wisdom’s enemy is wisdom itself… there is a push for folly, yet the God of Wisdom makes no argument against it.”

Maria Clara at Ibarra

I’m now really invested in this show Maria Clara at Ibarra. It is indeed that good. At first I was skeptical about Barbie Forteza because she has had a reputation for leaning towards comedy in her acting. When the promos featured her as the protagonist with Dennis Trillo, I thought they’d be paired together, but I’m happy that didn’t happen. And Barbie’s character here really suited her. This is a good adaptation of the novels for me.


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