One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

A shooting shakes Manila. A typo shakes Twitter.

What is The Now? It sounds unassuming and dangerous (which it probably is). When one appends the word “the” before an adverb, it usually doesn’t end well. And it probably won’t, but I’m doing it anyway.  

The Gunslinger

On Friday, June 2nd, Johnny, a casino employee at the upscale Resorts World Manila, sees a foreign-looking man armed with an M4 rifle. The man donned an unadorned black shirt and jeans. Save for the rifle he had in his hand, he looked, unsuspectingly, like a patron. However, many witnesses including Johnny, saw the man began pouring casino tables with what they assume was fuel with the obvious intention of burning the floor they were in. Right then and there, chaos.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Photo via Rappler

The footage from the CCTV camera reveals that the gunman had taken at least a hundred thirteen million pesos’ worth of casino chips. He had entered the casino supposedly with his rifle, the way you see gunmen enter casinos in the movies: ignoring the insistent security personnel and strutting along. Inside he went, where he fired multiple shots, deliberately set the place on fire, and left 37 people dead. Later, in a nearby hotel, leaving his bag of casino chips behind, he doused himself in fuel and burned himself alive.

The local authorities and the president are saying that the case is an isolated incident and not an ISIS attack. The former, perhaps, is true. Yet, to inflict tremendous horror and damageㅡif we’re not calling it terrorism, then what?

The New Apollo

Like it or don’t, Elon Musk’s spaceflight company SpaceX has successfully launched and landed back a number of ships. Most recently, a Falcon 9 is launched, carrying supplies for astronauts onboard the International Space Station. You know how the saying goes: “A step forward for humanity.” I say it won’t be long before Ridley Scott’s prophetic work becomes a reality.

The Sour Byte

One Step Forward, Two Steps BackBookmarking has so evolved. At this point, there are only two that I use: Google Chrome and Pocket. The latter is an extension that runs with the former, and it’s what I use to bookmark web pages I wish to read later. Google Chrome’s native bookmarking system, meanwhile, is so convenient with its omniscience in the interface. It’s what I use to save links that I find myself frequently returning to.

In between these two pieces of software, I’m left without much need for another bookmarking tool. Did I fail, thenㅡa tool that I’ve used religiously since 2008 until 2009? I probably didn’t, because it has been acquired by Pinboard, who says that the acquisition is motivated by the desire to make sure that Delicious doesn’t “disappear from the web”.

Let’s Play: Catch-up

More important bits of news this week (at least to me):

  • The first trailer for Murder on the Orient Express has been unveiled, and it looks incredible. Watch it here.
  • The third season of Twin Peaks has premiered. I’m only through the first two episodes, and I have some thoughts. For the most part, I’m just glad David Lynch is keeping his word.
  • Steven Soderberghㅡsurprise!ㅡisn’t retiring yet like he had mentioned too many times before. I’d be upset if his films are terrible, but they’re not. And Logan Lucky, whose trailer just debuted, looks fantastic too. Soderbergh, “retire” away. Watch the trailer.
  • There were a lot of Cannes standouts. Looking to watch Coppola’s The Beguiled, Lanthimos’ The Killing Of The Sacred Deer, Ostlund’s The Square, Hanke’s Happy End, Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute, Franco’s April’s Daughter, and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Really Here.
  • The official tracklisting for the soundtrack for Edgar Wright’s ultra-macho action-musical(?) Baby Driver has been released. Check it out.
  • Eyedress’ new LP Manila Ice is interesting. It’s vibrant and laid-backㅡa pristine juxtaposition of the grimy socio-political climate of both the city referenced in the title album and the Philippines in the whole. Listen to it here.
  • Radiohead released an unreleased single called I Promise, and I’m suddenly in pieces. Listen to the song here.
  • Lorde also released a new song called Perfect Places. If you are only losing yourself to one or two pop songs this year, make it this and Carly Rae Jepsen’s Cut To The Feeling.

I Ate Too Much Chicken Wings

Last week, my friends and I went on a “food tour”. Sounds safe, right? Wrong. By the third stop, I pretty much tapped out. Which isn’t a testament to the taste of the food. In fact, they were all delightful and deserving of my coveted “yum-yum” seal of approval. Of course, in between the eating and the getting food coma, I had fun. Loads. Thanks to Foodpanda for inviting us!

Here are some photos.

We went on three stops: Buffalo Wings & Things at the Solaris One Building in Makati; Frankie’s at Crossroads in BGC, Taguig; and Wingman at Acacia Estates in McKinley, Taguig.

The next morning, Plana Forma launched their Quezon City branch at Tomas Morato. Off to the north, I wentㅡwith Abby and Gizelleㅡto learn about PF’s training program. Here are some snaps of their new home.

Plana Forma‘s new home is located at Il Terrazzo in Timog, Quezon City. 

Tenkyu, Internet!

#covfefe – here’s Twitter going batshit about Donald Trump making his funniest typo thus far. This is funny because, you know, Donald “knows words.” He has “the best words.”


My favorite things this week, because you asked:

  • The UNUM app, because I’m re-committing hours of my life to Instagram. If you want a unifying theme work for your feed, this is the tool you want to use. It’s available for both Android and iOS phones.
  • The Master Of None Season 2 soundtrack, because I just finished binge-ing it, and I’ve caught a terrible case of sepanx. Season 3, I’m anxiously waiting!
  • Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan, because I started re-reading it and I’m reminded of how good a mystery-thriller it was when I first read the abridged version five years ago. Oh, and there’s a film adaptation by Raya Martin, and I can’t wait.

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