Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mario Kart.

Spoons and Porks.

My Mom sent this to me. Love you Mom!



- You're an hour late and there's still nobody there!

- There's enough food to feed the entire batallion or infantry.

- You can't even get through the door because there's a pile of 50 shoes blocking the way.

- When you enter the house you see a piano, a huge fork and spoon on the wall, a framed picture of the Last Supper, a huge Santo Nino, and a barrel man (carved in Baguio).

- You hear guests singing "Peelings" or "My Way" on karaoke.

- You are greeted and hug by a Tita Baby and/or a Tito Boy.

- There's a goat or kambing 'papait' being warmed up and the men are already in their watering hole starting the 'kilawen' and 'sisig' pulutan with their favorite Blue Label or Hennesy XO drinks. Very cold San Miguel Light or white wine is also served for those suffering from gout.

- There's a crazy fat woman with a camera going around the room snapping away and yelling, "Uy peeeek-chuuur for sobenir!"

- You enter a family party and you "Mano" to half the old crowd and when you leave you have to say goodbye to EVERYONE that's related to you as a sign of respect.

- You end up saying hello and goodbye for a total of 30-40 minutes.

- You will also hear an old male's out-of-tune voice on the karaoke trying hard to imitate Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley's voice.

- Uncles and Aunties are now doing the line dance - 'Electric Slide', 'todo- todo', etc., and do other ballroom dancing feats as if they are still in their teenage years.

- Among the younger guests, there's at least one or more with the name: JP, JJ, JT,TJ, DJ, AJ, RJ, LJ, Lingling, Ningning, Bingbing,Tingting, Dingding, Wengweng, Bongbong, Dongdong, etc.

- All the old aunties and guests are already wrapping up food to take home while more guests are still coming.

- You have the Pacquiao fight on the illegal cable boxes on the 70" LCD in the movie room, the 10 yr-old 50" CRT in the living room, the 15 yr-old 30" tube in the breakfast nook, the 20 yr-old 15" tube in the kitchen, the 30 yr-old 13" tube in the garage and the little portable by the BBQ grill or gazebo because TVs are NEVER retired in a Filipino household, they merely get demoted or moved to whichever room doesn't have a TV yet(hahaha), then it ends up in the balikbayan box to be sent to a relative back home, and it ends up being the main TV at the house living room again.

- The aunties and other female guests are showing off their "designer" Louis Vuitton and Coach bags that they secretly bought at Divisoria, Tiangge or in a local swap-meet.

- Someone is always in the kitchen constantly cleaning up, and you're not sure if she's the hired part-time maid or a relative, but you greet and kiss her on the cheek anyway.

- Relatives/friends will ask you where you work and if it's a retail job or if you work at an amusement park, they'll ask if you can get them a discount or special coupon.

- The lumpia is gone in 5 minutes and they are frying up another batch while the large Litson didn't last 15 minutes and it looks like it was swarmed by hungry piranhas, even the apple in the pig's mouth is missing.

- What starts as a religious gathering turns into an illegal gambling set up by the end of the night!

- Elder men are in the garage playing posoy-dos, or poker or 31, the women are in the kitchen gossiping, or are playing mahjong, the other people are in the entertainment room singing and dancing the night away, and the kids are outside playing."

Full Clips.

Hyped on the new season of Wusgudwidit. The new patches are pretty tight.

Monday, November 28, 2011

DJ Sega.

Big thanks to DJ Sega and Mad Decent for this Holiday mix during these troubled times. A bit more polished than his raw club shit, but still classic Sega. Brick Bandits ftw.


Pizza Party.

At least there's always something entertaining on the internets to lift spirits. Post T.Day Funky Friday Rebate.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

SOTY 2011.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hammer Time.

Big Ups to DMC for the soundtrack to the season.

"You don't ever want to hear a squirt after a crunch, ever."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Funky Fridays #165.

Mayer Hawthorne live at the Do-Over. Download.

Stoops LA.

Weekly R&B Banger #79.

Two Step.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ben Wall!

Good call Lee! So hyped to find out our old friend Ben Wall not only starred in the recent Omar Lunarlon commercial, but produced it as well as worked on the Nike SB ICON x ICON project. Go Benny!

Here I Go.

Uncle Gerry.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Test Your Gangsta.

Reel Raw: Buffalo.

Thanks for the link, Dan! Sick clip.

Reel Raw-True Life Years-Buffalo from JP Walker on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

When Tents Attack.

UST Ep.5.

Funky Fridays #164.

Rest in Peace Heavy D.

Rock Shuffle.

With some textbook fall temperatures & the kids back in school, It's been nice to enjoy some great sessions at my local Astoria Park skatepark. I've been finally been able to get back some of my quarterpipe tricks, most of which I haven't had a good handle on since having a ramp in my apartment some 10plus years ago. It's been a blessing to get back a taste of that Mike Carroll mini ramp magic. Oh, back disaster reverts, how I have missed you.

Great clip but shit audio.

It's satisfying to finally carve out my niche at the park with some lines after having to dodge not BMXers nor Bladers but these Premium Leather Low Top Vans Wearing, High Water Khaki, Club Monaco Extra Medium Button-Up, $100 haircut hipster skaters that can clog the park from time to time. They battle outfits & step hop/ wallie lines with each other like a scene from Aging Fat Ass Animal Kingdom. Sorry guys, there's only one Alex Olson.

I think I bit of my recent success is attributed to my succumb to peer pressure from the crew. I have for years been skating a 7.75 width board, Indy 129s, 50mm super skinny GOLD wheels. In my head, I skate flatground & ledges. But in reality, I have 3 ledge tricks and shove-its aren't a flip trick by any stretch of the imagination. So recently, I upgraded to an 8.1 deck, Indy 139s, & 52mm Spitfire Streetburners and haven't felt this comfortable on a board in years. So if anyone may have a hook-up at Kayo, I'll gladly buy a box of 8.1 Expedition Team Boards, because Eastern is all sold out.

But at least for now, my board works, my shoes work and it's warm enough that this old man doesn't need more than a few axle stalls to warm-up. I can live the dream for just a few more weeks until winter creeps in and I lose all my tricks until next year.

*Note Carroll Warlock Tre Flip Stance from the previous clip @3:17. Is that even possible? I know tre-flips are more a scoop pressure flip trick than a 360 shove-it kickflip, but the way he does it seems unfathomable like Appleyard in his Habitat clip in Photosynthesis. I'd buy the iTunes pay per view how-to vid if these guys would ever even consider it.

So perhaps with some perserverance and a great bit of luck I can bring down my ratio of landing 360 flips from 1/100 to 1/50. Like Barkley and his golf swing I may be forever fucked, but if I had a bit more patience to practice and didn't have a terminal fear of messing up my always perfect griptape job, my dream may come true. But I swear I haven't had tre flips on lock since Gabriel Rodriguez had a board on the shelf.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Mayer vs Chewbacca.

Big thanks to Norm for the link. Check the entire episode here.

edit: "No Strings".

Monday, November 07, 2011

Friday, November 04, 2011