A Fairytale About a Bunny and her Dad

Once upon a time there was a bunny.

A bunny named Sabina Bunny.

She had a daddy.

Dad Bunny.

If Sabina Bunny had a question, 

Dad Bunny had an answer.

(It was always the right answer.)

So if Sabina Bunny got confused, or lost, or didn’t know where to start,

She always asked Dad Bunny for help.

(Dad Bunny always had the right answer.)


And even when she didn’t ask,

Dad Bunny just KNEW.

(Because all good dads do.)

And he helped her anyway.

But he always let her decide what she wanted to do,

As long as she really, really wanted it

And perhaps it was not that hard

Because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

Even if it does need room to grow

And Sabina Bunny is not done growing yet, but

She knows

She tries to listen

Because she wants to have a little of the best of her Dad Bunny (and her Mom Bunny too) 

And all the rest,

The best of her,

She’ll give back to them

One thing Sabina Bunny knows for sure–

When she needs the answer

She’ll go to Dad Bunny

And the one he helps her find will always be the right one

The End

For my father on his birthday, 2016


bombed cities

People’s lives

Laid bare and ruined,

The bones of their existence

Under a cold, unforgiving sky

Where once was rustling, deafening sound

There is only 


A whisper,

And footprints

Are all that’s left behind

The stories taken by

The ones who fled

The meat stripped off

By the survivors

All that’s left

Are the bones

I guess we do good 

“The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation”- Mark, RENT

The recent ISIS attacks on Beirut, Lebanon and Paris have rocked the world with a storm cloud of varying emotions and reactions: grief. Outrage. Fear. Desperation. Disappointment. Sympathy. It has made a tragedy of funerals and concerts alike. It has made a hero of at least one selfless father at a marketplace in Beirut. It has made the kinder Muslims in the world (and there are very many) fear how society will see them. And it asks us the question yet again: what can be done to stop this?

There are political answers, I’m sure, involving military and intelligence tactics and world leaders of those countries affected. But I’m talking about us, the ordinary people who haven’t been victimized, who are only seeing this happen from the other side of the world. This may sound crazy, but I feel like there’s some sort of obligation to do something– anything we can at all. Then the curtain descends and we hit the brick wall because there is nothing, nothing we can do right now that will end this madness forever. What can be done, and how, when we have our own  problems going on– very small problems, now I realize, but problems that demand our attention all the same?

We can pray, and we have done, as we always have for the past thousands of years. And we can take it farther by being kind. 

Kindness! Not a month after moving to a new country did I realize that it’s one of the most important things in the world. If you’re kind, your kindness will protect you like armor and people will be kind to you. That’s the goal, at least. Sometimes if doesn’t work out, but hey, at least you were the kind one in the situation. If you’re kind, there’s no way you can lose. Yes, I understand sometimes it can be hard to be kind. But what’s even more emotionally exhausting is to be hateful. It’s like leaving the engine of your car on overnight. Isn’t that energy better spent on doing good and being good?

Here’s what I know: Bad things have happened. Things we could not stop and things that cannot be taken back. Things that have come about because of reasons I cannot even fathom to understand. So what do we do now? 

I guess we do good. 

I guess we be kind. And I promise to be, I promise to try. I will be good and I will be kind, and tolerant, and generous, and helpful, and respectful, and I will create where others do nothing but destroy. It will be a small string of actions when compared to the large, heavy chain of events brought about by extremism and aggression and greed, but I have to believe it will help. And I have to believe that I am not alone. I will do all of these things to make up for atrocities which I am not guilty of. What happened was not our fault; what happens next is our responsibility. 

You’re probably thinking, ‘so that’s your brilliant idea? Be good?’ It kind of sounds naive and idealistic. But this is the most realistic way I can think of to combat a force that has its roots in cruelty and violence. After all, ‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.’ So for every tragedy that occurs, we need to show love and kindness in equal amount. We can’t change people’s minds, convince them not to kill for something they believe in. It just doesn’t work. But what does work is when we take responsibility for ourselves and promise I’m not going to hide in the darkness, I will be the friggin’ light.  

So, listen up, bad guys. You know that unforgivable sh*t you just pulled off? This, our kind retaliation, is the opposite. When you do bad, we’ll do better. And nothing in the world will ever rob us of our right to do the right thing. 

Sab (and sister) Do Halloween 2015

It’s one of my most favorite times of the year! Even if things are different, being our first Halloween in Australia and spending it without the usual dear friends we spent it with, my sister and I were determined to celebrate as per our usual traditions. Which includes pumpkin carving! Which usually means I’m the only one who carves the pumpkins despite having Mum having gotten one for each of us.
These are time lapses of our putting on Sugar Skull makeup (influenced by Dia de los Muertes, which is celebrated today, November 1) and the aforementioned pumpkin carving, set to ‘Live Life’ by Jesse and Joy from The Book of Life soundtrack (the movie which tbh started this whole ‘paint your face like a pretty dead thing’ fascination) in one very fast-paced, not-very-well-cut 50-second mini-vid (that’s a lot of hyphens) that captures our first Halloween in Australia. 

Trailer Review: Marvel’s Jessica Jones (or Sab, Don’t You Review Anything Besides Marvel Trailers) 

I know what you must be thinking. Another Marvel Cinematic trailer? Star Wars: The Force Awakens drops their full trailer too and you don’t say jack about it? Jeez, Sab, don’t you review anything else?

I know, I know, people! And I promise I will review other trailers when I get the time– or when they grab my attention. But I promise you this one is worth it.

Aaaaaayt, so, listen up, because things are about to get serious. The first full trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones has dropped, and it begins to reveal a handful of things about the plot and where we find the titular character when the series begins. Being a lesser known character, Jessica requires a special introduction– after losing her family in a car accident involving a chemical truck, from which she gained the powers of super strength, invulnerability and flight (what I like to call the Superheroes Basic Starter Pack) Jessica Jones tried a brief stint as a superheroine, but eventually quit to become a private investigator. She went on to become a member of the Avengers alongside husband Luke Cage, who is also introduced in this series (squeeeee!!!) One other character she’s connected to is the Purple Man, a supervillain who can control minds– and as revealed in the trailer, he’s made Jessica do some very bad things. And he never really has left her.

So the trailer provides a really interesting first look at that, setting up Jessica’s life as she tries to make her way outside the influence of the bad guy (played by Doctor Who fan favorite David Tennant!) and keeping other people from falling under his spell. One thing the MCU does pretty well is envision and establish how all these crazy superhero concepts would happen in real, current life, and they proved it more than ever in their first Netflix feature, Daredevil (which I swear to God is so great and literally everything I never knew I wanted.) The concept of mind control in the real world is honestly dark and terrifying, and it looks like they’re not going to shy away from exposing the raw psychological effects it has on the main character. What I’m more interested in is how she’ll overcome them, help others and win back her own agency (ever the struggle of the female protagonist!) without losing herself in the end.

I never would have thought of Krysten Ritter to play Jessica, but seeing as I never had anyone particular in mind, I’m stoked to see what she’ll bring to the character and what kind of dynamic she’ll have with Luke prior to their romance. Of course, throwing David Tennant into the mix as the villain is another reason to give this series a good look. It’s also incredibly refreshing to have a second Marvel series with a female lead (shoutout to Agent Carter) this time in a more serious, dark setting. And of course, all this is going to lead up to The Defenders series! But in between, would it be too much to ask for Daredevil and Jessica to cameo in each others’ shows?

Marvel’s Jessica Jones goes up on Netflix November 20th!

A Fangirl’s-Eye View: Oz Comic-con Sydney 2015 (pt. 1)

Last weekend was the most fun and memorable working experience I had in my entire life! I signed up as a volunteer for Oz Comic-con in early September and got to immerse myself in the event, gaining valuable work experience along the way. It was my first big ‘con and I was very lucky to have been able to do what I did!

I was on duty for both days of the comic-con, which was held in the Sydney Exhibition Center on Glebe Island. For those who don’t know, Oz Comic Con has been around since 2011 and while it may not be as big as Supanova or SDCC, they do get a few celebrity-status guests a year. This year’s big shots were Supernatural’s Jim Beaver and Mark Sheppard (who I never got to see the whole time I was there!) Evanna Lynch and Robbie Jarvis of the Harry Potter franchise, Jed Brophy and Stephen Hunter from LOTR and The Hobbit and Richard Dean Anderson of Stargate/McGyver. Also present were several popular TV stars, a visual effects team from Animal Logic, a number of comic book writers and artists and voice actors as well (including fellow Pinoy and prince of the fire nation, Dante Basco.) It was a pretty fabulous opportunity for me to be a volunteer at the event since I would get free access, a complimentary autograph (more on that later) and a chance to meet other fans and be introduced to other fandoms.

So, prior to the weekend we volunteers (or ‘vollies’) had been emailed manuals on how the event would be run, information on travel and shuttle buses and what areas we would be assigned to. I got placed as a stage assistant for Stage 2. My job was mic running (finding people in the audience who wanted to ask questions during a panel and screening these questions beforehand) ushering and guarding the entrances and exits. But in between working, I was able to walk around, get some photos with cosplayers and pop into a panel or two.

For the benefit of my buddies back home and for anyone who’s interested in volunteering for OZCC next year, this post and the next will be dedicated to a full rundown of my work experience on the panels, covering what I did, what I saw and what made Oz Comic-con fabulously great!

Saturday, September 26:

6:12 AM- Arrived at Central Station in Sydney, where free shuttle buses would go to and from Glebe Island throughout the day. ReedPop, the organization who handles OZCC, tries to take good care of its guests, attendees and volunteer staff, making sure everything is convenient and comfortable!

7:08 AM- At the Sydney Exhibition Center, I signed in and got my green volunteer shirt :) There were a ton of us teenagers and young adults in the same bright green shirt, all of us in the same place was like that scene in LOTR when Aragorn gets the ghost army.

8:00 AM-  I met Beck, the Stage 2 emcee and team leader, and the other Stage 2 volunteers. At our station we were given a throrough briefing on how to conduct Q & A’s. From 8-9:30 am I was able to walk around the different stalls, getting my first look at the various exhibitions and shops before anyone else did.

First, i found these cool autographed posters for sale!

Spot your favorite stars.



…and as I was walking, I thought I heard a familiar grinding, wheezing sound. The sound of hope! I turned a corner and…


There were also a ton of cool stuff on sale (which I wanted but could not have)


10 AM- Let the panels begin!  My first job was mic running (a job I ended up doing more than anything else, because I was tiny enough to pass between rows of attendees unobtrusively) for the Dragonball Z Panel with Mike McFarland and Todd Haberkorn.

fans showed up cosplaying as the cast of Dragonball Z

I don’t watch Dragonball Z, but I still enjoyed the panel a lot and learned a little of what it’s like to work in voice acting. Turns out Todd also plays Natsu from Fairy Tail, which is maybe the only Anime I’ve actually been interested in. I loved the mic running jobs because I got to get close to stage while holding the mic for attendees in the front row seats!

These two guys were funny, talented and passionate about their job, able to put on their anime character voices at the drop of a hat to the delight of the audience!

11 AM- By now I had been assigned to usher in the line for the next panel, which meant I had to stand by the entrance and stay there for the duration of the panel. This next one was Voice Acting 101 with Olivia Hack, Dante Basco and Rikki Simons. I’m a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, so when I found out that Stage 2 was getting Olivia and Dante (who play Ty Lee and Zuko on the show, respectively) I got even more excited for the comic-con weekend. However, today I didn’t get to watch all of the panel as I was busy showing people inside.

Some people just linger in the doorway wondering what’s going on. Some are content to stand at the entrance for a few minutes before leaving, which is really bothersome for the people lining up. I also had the job of reminding attendees to stop taking photos after the first five minutes of the panel, as per the OZCC protocol. Quite a few attendees get kind of snarky if you tell them this, but others are polite and apologetic.

left to right: Dante, Olivia, Rikki and teamleader/ emcee Beck

Nevertheless, I was thrilled to be able to observe the panel from afar. Olivia Hack had injured her ankle and was on crutches during the con, but that didn’t dampen her friendly and bubbly attitude. Dante Basco sounds exactly like his characters, and when he said ‘dragon up!’ (his catchphrase from the cartoon American Dragon) I almost lost my mind. He talked about his experiences with Mark Hamill on the show as well, and about how art truly sometimes imitates life. Plus, fellow ATLA fans will be thrilled to know that ‘The Beach’ was Olivia Hack’s favorite episode of the series :) There were a lot of people and a lot of questions, owing to the popularity of Avatar, American Dragon and Invader Zim, which Rikki Simons was a part of.

12 PM- Shortly after the Voice Acting 101 panel ended, a man in a Sonic the Hedgehog outfit approached me asking where he could wait. I asked him to wait in line until the panel started, then he told me he was a guest on the panel! Surprised, I brought him around to the back entrance where he could wait with Beck.

By the time the panel started I was beginning to feel a little dizzy and restless, and was beginning to think maaaaaaybe I should have something to eat. The information we’d been emailed prior to the panel had allowed for one hour break for lunch per dey of the comic con, a rule which was softly bent as time went on. 12 pm on Stage 2 was the team of Good Game, a popular show of gamers who review different video games (including the guy in the Sonic suit.) The audience for this was overwhelming, mostly families with young children, and the team was friendly and fun in answering their questions. 

1 PM- The next panel was for Bryan Krause of Charmed fame, and seeing as I was not needed for this panel I asked Beck if I could go take lunch. For vollies, lunch is a free sandwich and one drink. Thank God for free sandwiches! I felt a lot better after that and decided to walk around the venue, taking pictures and looking at all the cool merch I couldn’t have. 

2 PM- The International Creatives panel brought together four different comic book illustrators and artists from different comic book companies. For this panel, I was tasked to count audience attendance. I have to say this was a pretty boring, slow panel, for all I love comic books and comic book art. This panel had the least questions and the least attendees, but I was still able to learn a thing or two about what it’s like to work in the industry.

3 PM- Again I was mic running for this panel. The guest this time was Rachel Nichols, a science fiction actress most known for her role on the show Continuum. However, I also realized she’d been in G.I. Joe as Scarlett and Star Trek as James Kirk’s green-skinned one-night-stand. She was friendly and witty, and I enjoyed her panel as well. Rachel talked about how art can bleed into life, and how the many different characters she’s played always seem to stay with an have an impact on her. 

4 PM- Now this was one I absolutely couldn’t miss! Jed Brophy and Stephen Hunter of The Hobbit and LOTR had a panel with wide attendance and a lot of positive reactions. I was mic running for this as well, and really enjoyed listening to them answer attendees’ questions. Like many of the panelists, Jed and Stephen are very invested in their work and characters. Jed is a tall, lean beanpole of energy for a guy his age and Stephen was wearing a ridiculous bee outfit– i loved it. We all got treated to a brief History of the Origin of Dwarves in the Tolkeinverse in their own words: 

Jed: The dwarves came first, but we were so beautiful the world couldn’t handle us. 

Stephen: Yeah, so then they put us to sleep. 

Jed: They put us to sleep until the world could handle the beauty of the dwarves.

Stephen: So we were kind of like heavy metal. Nobody was prepared for heavy metal, but there it was. 

As a mic runner for this panel, I facilitated a number of interesting questions which got interesting answers in return. Jed and Stephen reminisced about singing the Misty Mountain song, talked about the perks and pitfalls of working with green screen, and brought up fond memories of working with the late Sir Christopher Lee. They even poked fun at gorgeous Dwarf actors Dean o Gorman and Aiden Turner. Jed even did a hilarious impression of a Kili smolder! They talked about how Martin Freeman used incredibly colorful language to help get Richard Armitage in an angry mood for a scene. I found out that Stephen is in fact from Randwick, NSW. Last but not least, an audience member asked how they felt about the love story added into the Hobbit film, to which Jed and Stephen replied that while such a change felt important, they had their own reservations about it as well. As a fan who wasn’t too keen on that little cinematic alteration, this was actually kind of satisfying to hear.

Despite being on duty, I was having so much fun that I almost didn’t want the panel to end. The two actors left the stage to thunderous applause. Up next on Stage 2 were Rob Maschio and Sam Lloyd from Scrubs, but as we were clearing the area in between panels a senior volunteers asked if I wanted a break. And did I ever! Because on stage 1 was a panel I really wanted to see…

5 PM- I instantly made my way to Stage 1 to catch the first 25 minutes of Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Robbie Jarvis (Young!James Potter) from Harry Potter! Myself and other volunteers had the entire back row to ourselves, where we could stand behind the seated crowd (yeah, such VIP, very wow.) The turnout for this panel was enormous, but the questions were moving rather slowly, which allowed time for both actors to give detailed answers. 

It’s always amazing when actors in real life are just the same as the people they are on Twitter, and Evanna Lynch proved that. Even years after the Harry Potter success, she still wants to be a cat. All of us in the audience got to know them a little better– Evanna mentioned that JK Rowling drew inspiration from her love of arts and crafts when writing Luna’s room into the second book, and Robbie even mentioned writing Harry Potter fan fiction in his younger years, a revelation that was met with incredibly positive reactions from the fans (positive meaning screaming and cheering and gasping.) Both actors truly believed in the importance of their characters in the series, proving their understanding of Luna Lovegood and James Potter to be unique and layered. Robbie even talked about wanting to do a Marauders movie (about James Potter and his squad during their teen years) to bring audiences closer to the character and what makes him the man he grows up to be. This is one of the profound things I took away from their panel, no matter how short a time I stayed. And after leaving early to check back in with my assigned area, I realized I’d always be grateful that Evanna got the part of Luna Lovegood in the films. She totally gets the character, and I loved it. 

6 PM- Returning to my assigned area I found out that I was not needed after all. Beck had the panel wrap up early as there was somewhere she needed to be. After checking Out with her and doing a short clean up of the strange and seats, I was free to collect my bag and go! 

The facilitators had arranged for more free shuttle buses to drop off attendees and follies at the train station. I climbed into a bus surrounded by happy, euphoric teens in cosplay, all talking about their great experience. I was pleased that everybody had a good time and was all ready to take some shut eye on a relatively relaxing drive home.

And then one girl received a text message saying that Central Station was on fire.