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These Weeks According to Joel – St. John’s Academy Talk, Porn in VCD, Typhoon Milenyo

On September 27th, I had the pleasure of addressing the senior batch at St. John’s Academy San Juan. It was their career orientation day! I was invited to speak regarding careers in Visual Arts and Architecture. Others careers were discussed as well

My career in the visual arts is largely self-made and primarily directed towards illustration and painting, but having done my fair share of design, and having friends who do various full-time visual art jobs – I gave the students a fairly well rounded account on the field. They asked a lot of sensible questions.

I wish we had career talk from industry professionals back in Xavier School. It would’ve saved me a lot of time studying exactly what I wanted. Talking it over with professionals in your intended field really really helps.

After a successful public speaking experience, I went to Megamall and passed by Astrovision stores as well as Tower Records (in Powerbooks). I noticed how porn videos have found their own shelves alongside regular movies (and woe even beside the children’s section). Perhaps these stores are desperate for sales. (I didn’t buy any porn though – just Hellboy, Tomb Raider 2, and more episodes or Carnivale – awesome series.)

The rains picked up the following day and grew into a storm. Typhoon Milenyo took out our power for close to 3 days. We ran out of cold water to drink. Food was rotting in the fridge. I couldn’t finish the RAN online strip. My mobile phone survived with just one notch of battery life but it was pointless to try reaching Andrew Drilon to tell him I still had no power Many other Filipinos had it worse with the fierce winds pounding all sort of things down – telephone poles, trees, and billboards. Fortunately we only had to sweep and clear tree debris.

On the day (29th) after the worst of the storm I got a call on my phone from Lampara’s Jun Matias. Yes, right after all that devastation, we just had to start on a children’s book! So now I’ve got a project from Lampara due at the end of October!! That Ang-InK catalogue is really getting me a lot of work!

I decided to go to V-mall and grab a bite under some electric lights! I got most of the studies for Lampara’s project drawn out before I bid the restaurant (and it’s electricity) goodbye. I drove back home through our dark neighborhood and got a kick out of killing my lights now and then to leave myself surrounded by all that night.

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