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Monday, December 26, 2011

2011: Year End Message

With 135 posts, 2011 is my most productive year so far. “Just keep writing,” that was the advice of a writer friend, who shall remain unnamed for the time being.  A writer should write even if he or she has no discernible audience.  Do the work and the rest will come later.  As we say adieu to 2011, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all my readers for keeping “The Chair” warm, figuratively speaking.  I know I have posted some articles with contents that some of you may not necessary agree, or even stomach but a number of you have continued to visit my blog from time to time.  Thank you as well for those who shared some of my articles to their friends on Facebook, Google and other social network sites.  I also would like to thank my guest writers, namely Amanda Tien, Kim Dong Hyun and Bobet Bagundang who now has his very own blog “Dénouement.” My deepest appreciation as well to a fellow blogger A.J. Poliquit of “The Transcendental Tourist;” A.J. seems to be the only one steadfastly posting comments. Imagine that, with 135 posts, I only received 7 comments in 2011.  I also would like to thank "Pinoy Rebyu" for including me in their list of film critics.  Being in the company of the members of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Young Critics Circle and many other young critics and film bloggers is indeed an honor.  Of course, I should not forget all the anonymous members of the “Vicious Circle.”  We really should come up with an original name.

 I am often surprised about the type of articles readers flock to read. For example, I wrote some articles which I thought would be hits, but they ended being flops.  On the other hand, I was surprised by the popularity of some articles that I thought would never find an audience. 

“The Chair” is a place where the absurd, the political, the comical, the personal and other meandering thoughts lay their derrieres.  It is also my humble way of helping promote healthy discussions and make people think for themselves, even though I sometime act like an uppity self-absorbed blogger.  But then again, self-depreciation and sardonicism is my chosen art.  [The paired term "self-depreciation and sardonicism" is taken as one and so the verb is singular like in the case of bread and butter. The rest of the grammar errors are intentional so my students could find them.]  

Thank you all, and kisses to my muse Miss Dorothy Parker.   My last pricey martini for the year is for you.


1. Introducing Emma Thompson's Sternocleidomastoid Muscles
2. In a Perfect World, "Senior Year" is a Hit: Movie Review of “Senior Year.”
3. A Rosary of a Film: A Movie Review for "Rosario."
4. Grammar: Problems with Gender Pronouns ("His", "His or Her” and 
         the Singular “They/Their”)
5. Pop Dance Blasphemy: A Review for Lady Gaga's "Judas”
6. "Where's Your Mother Nina?" [The Nonexistent Mother Theory, Black Swan Review, Part 2]
7. "My God, Somebody Give Che Ramos a Movie!" [Review for “Senior Year”]
8. Grammar: According to Depending on, Based On, Based Upon
9. Smoker's Diary #1: To Smoke or Not to Smoke
10. Grammar: Verb Tenses When Retelling Stories

11. Grammar: Enumeration Guidelines
12. 100 Milyon na Tayo. Yehey!
13. Should Piolo Pascual Come Out? [“The Gay Invisible in the Land of Polite Homophobia”]
14. Green Hornet: Kato, Still the Hired Help
16. Understated Dystopia: A Review of "Never Let Me Go”
17. The Power of Pubic Hair
18. Rizal, Maria Clara and a Bunch of Other Stuff
19. Ang Bukol ni Neil Etheridge at Iba Pang Nais Umbukin
20. Smoker's Diary #9: First Time, Sandra 

21. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, the New and Hip Coffee Shop Filipino Intellectuals
      and those Collogs.
22. Liriko: Isang Pagsusuri sa “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”
23. Grammar: "Can't Help + ING or Can't Help but" Pattern.
24. Reasons Why the Film Academy of the Philippines Should Choose 
            “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank”as our Entry to the 2012 Oscars.
25. Breasts, Butts, Viagra and a Whole Lot of Nothing: Review of “Love and Other Drugs
26. Artfully Sore: A Review for Lykke Li's Wounded Rhymes [by CJ Bagundang]
27. Something "Phishy": The Peculiar Case of "Inappropriateness on Facebook
28. Tempting but not Addicting: A Review for the Remake of Joey Gosiengfiao’s “
            Temptation Island.”
29. "127 Hours" is the Stupendous Sh**! [Movie Review]
30. "Demanding Ang Mga Bishops, Gusto Ganito, Gusto Ganyan. Ewan! 
           [A Commentary of Sorts  Regarding the Controversial McDonald's Ad in the Philippines]

31. How to Be a Ham on Just About Anything
32. Katy Perry's "Firework" Makes Rhyming Fun Fun Fun like a Nun Nun Nun
33. 10 Signs that Prove that a Guy "Really Likes" You.
34. The Great Philippine Poverty Show: "Why Willing Willie Should Stay on Air.”
35. With Integrity and Dignity: "How We Filipinos Should Respond to Biased
             Criticisms Against Us."
36. Tumawa, Tapos Mambara (Review for "Praybeyt Benjamin)
37. Younghusband o Sumagaysay? Azkals o Dragon
38. Testosterone Big: A Movie Review for "Thor"
39. Grammar: Due to or Because of
40. Grammar: The Verb Make

[Posted March 26, 2011]
This post has received only 6 hits so far.  I guess my readers are not too keen on a new version of “Saranggola ni Pepe,” which is odd because Nene’s kite is still flying high these days, if you know what I mean.

[Posted January 1, 2011]
I have never imagined that an essay about Miss Emma Thompson’s muscles would be a hit.  I just wrote this because I was simply a fan of Miss Thompson. I expected that this post would just disappear and be buried under traditionally popular posts like “Lady Gaga” and other posts that have the words “sex, showbiz and scandal” on them.  This surprised me indeed.  It was even included in one medical blog in the United States. This post currently holds the record for being number 1 for 7 straight weeks.  Thanks Emma. 

[Posted November 19, 2011]
With the ridiculously popular Twilight saga, I immediately assumed that there will be a huge interest in any post related to Bella, Edward and Jacob.  Unfortunately, the interest fizzled and this post died with only 13 hits.  I guess any negative attack on the pubescent threesome is bound to face apathy.  There is still hope.  Teenagers eventually grow up to be adults. 

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TOP 10 COUNTRIES: Where Most of My Readers Come From

1. Philippines 
2. United States 
3. Canada
4. United Kingdom
5. Australia
6. United Arab Emirates
7. India
8. Germany
9. France
10. Singapore

*Based on Blogger Statistics


  1. Yay! Reminded that year is about to end. Thank you for the opportunity I had in The Chair. Cheers to writing!

  2. Congrats. I love your blog as well, especially all your post on music. I learn a lot and discover new artists.

  3. Don't sweat it with regard to comments. In my experience, blog readers who do not have blogs themselves rarely ever post comments. Usually, it's fellow bloggers who do that because 1) they want a sort of unspoken x-deal (I comment you, you comment me) and 2) they want to put their link on your blog. So in the end, you get a lot of empty comments like "nice post", "lavet", and such. But if you really want discussion, you can prolly ask for opinions at the end. I don't cuz everyone's entitled to MY opinion, hehehe.

    Anyway, congrats to a prolific year! I'd like to dance on and around The Chair like what Madonna did to one in the Open Your Heart number in Blond Ambition and Like It Or Not in Confessions Tour. :))))))