Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, 2013!

Well, I guess that’s it. Isn’t it? This year is finally behind us. I’ve never looked forward for a year to end so much as I have this year. This year was the worst year out of all the years of life. And yet a lot of wonderful things happened1; I guess it just goes to show that there is always good that will come out of a bad situation. I just wish there had been more good this year than bad.

The things I wish to never forget about 2013:

1. That time I was in the pilot episode of a reality TV show called, Come Date With Me on the W Network.

Still from Come Date With Me Canada

2. Being auctioned off at Love a Heart2. Photo credit: Chris Luckhardt.

Facebook Events | Love a Heart

3. Stage Managing for Canadian Music Week and meeting #LeBeau, Garret3.

Canadian Music Week Stage Manager

4. Stage Managing for North By North East and meeting Sloan. Sorry no pictures.
5. Getting a brand new family member, Drogo.

Drogo Sy!

6. Having a custom vine made just for me by Cyrstal Light Canada.

Facebook | Crystal Light Canada | Weird & Wonderful You

7. Assistant Stage Managing for Pride and getting to meet and work with En Vogue.

En Vogue at Pride 2013

8. Going to Cunt Cottage and having an amazing weekend away from the city.

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9. Working for TIFF and getting to see some stars up-close-and-personal-like. No pictures, because I want to be able to work there again in 2014.
10. Going on a boat cruise with Shannon & the gang courtesy of Crazy Uncle. No pictures because I have no idea what I did with the pictures from that cruise. Oops.
11. Volunteering for TEDxToronto4.

TEDxToronto 2013

12. Being in a feature film that won an award at TOIndieFF2013, was part of the official selection at DIFF2013 and reviewed here.

Unhappy Happy Still
13. Working on the 48 hour film project where our team won Best Ensemble Cast.

Hashtag Bougie Productions

13. Meeting and falling in love with #LeBeau’s two daughters5. No pictures, of course. They’re too wittle.
14. Celebrating Christmas with our families and getting 2nd Christmas with the girls. Also no pictures, because I’m a spoil sport like that.
15. Being able to celeberate my birthday & the holidays with some really awesome friends. Again; no pictures, because we didn’t take a group photo and there are too many great ones to choose from.
16. Getting to keep in touch with my wifey, Christine Estima even though she’s a gazillion miles away.

Skyping with the Wifey

Last but not least…
17. Getting to do this fun photoshoot for Ford Canada with the ever-sexy, Ford Fiesta, Marie & Brock.

Date Night with the Ford Fiesta

Shopping fun with Marie & the Ford Fiesta

I’m not at all interested in re-living the past that was this horrible year, so I won’t go into any details about it. I would rather look forward with hope and excitement for what 2014 might have to bring. I can only hope that it’ll be a good year because if my own personal history has taught me anything 2015 is set to be another doozy. You see, there’s something about years that end in zeros and fives – they don’t like me very much. I had a terrible 1995, I can’t say 2000 was any better, 2005 was horrible, 2010 was another nightmare year… mind you, they were all bad for heartbreak but not much else.

Anyway, that’s a whole 365 days away. For now, here’s hoping that in 2014, I…:

  • …no longer have to worry about how I’m going to pay for groceries or laundry.
  • …can actually afford to meet up with friends at least once a week.
  • …find the energy to get off my ass and start exercising again.
  • …will visit my parents and cook for them more often.
  • …will stop worrying about things that I really have no control over.
  • …can reconnect with some old friends who I miss but have drifted away from, for no good reason. And stay connected.
  • …get to go camping twice – once with the family, and once with the man and/or friends.
  • …get to visit somewhere I have never been.
  • …write more for this blog.
  • …learn how to make a Filipino dish I have never made before, but love to eat.

And that’s about it. I had a longer list but I’ve cut it down some in an attempt to be a little more realistic with my resolutions. I didn’t make any resolutions for 2013 because at this age, I’m kind of over them. Since 2013 was such a bad year though, I needed some things to look forward to. And these are some of the more important things I’m looking forward to for this New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What are you looking forward to in 2014?

Footnotes:
  1. I met Garret this year after all[]
  2. an annual favourite[]
  3. Nope. Not his real name[]
  4. another annual favourite[]
  5. and finally having children in my life. wee![]

Unhappy Happy at DiffTO

The 2013 Daring International Film Festival Official Selection: Unhappy Happy

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to work with some really talented people on a feature film called, Unhappy Happy. It’s a movie about Cancer and the different ways that everyone deals with mortality; though that quick description makes it sound like a cliché, I assure you this film is not.

The film was also featured in the 2013 Toronto Independent Film Festival (TOIndieFF) and given the ‘Best Micro-Budget Feature Film’ Award. From the director: “An unhappy corporate-team builder tries to invent a device to bring happiness to his terminally-ill brother with the help of a brilliant but damaged woman. Unhappy Happy asks the question: What is the nature of true happiness?”

The Daring Internertational Film Festival (DiffTO) is an independent, Toronto based film festival; highlighting new up-and-coming filmmakers from Canada and around the world. It runs from December 26-29th and has been running since 2007 (though back then it was called the Moving Image Film Festival).

Unhappy Happy will be screening at 10:20pm on Friday, December 27th ((Hey! That is tonight!)) at Measure theatre in the Annex, located at 296 Brunswick Avenue. Tickets are on sale for $11 ($10.20 plus taxes) and can be purchased at the door or in advance on guestlist.

Hope to see you there!

We’ve got you covered, Jazzy!

It’s my birthday today! I’ve had a great day so far and nothing makes me happier than being able to give other people presents on a day like today. It brings back memories of when I was in grade school in Dubai; you see, the tradition was that the birthday girl or boy1 would bring candies to hand out on their special day.

Condom Rabbits

I’ll be tickling everyone’s sweet-teeth tomorrow at #ABCme but for today, I’ve got something a little better than candy to giveaway to the lovely Jazzy! She has yet to decide which sampler pack she wants to receive from Lucky Bloke, but I just know she’s going to have a lot of fun with her prize no matter what.

Just for fun, I thought I’d share with you some of the answers that were submitted to the question, “What’s the best way to get you “in the mood”?” To make sure no one feels awkward, people’s identities have been kept secret:

“Just don’t dine and date me. Sex first; food after”
– F.S.

“A sweet gesture – flowers; compliment; etc.”
– C.A.

“Soft touches and whispers.”
– B.J.

“Dinner”
– Y.L.

“Rub my feet or kiss my neck”
– S.S.

“Kiss me passionately, or kiss my neck gently.”
– S.R.

Congratulations Jazzy! I hope I get to hear about all the fun you have with your sampler pack2. And since it’s my birthday, I hope the rest of you will play along by leaving a comment answering the same question above for me ;)

What’s the best way to get YOU “in the mood”?

Footnotes:
  1. boys and girls were segregated[]
  2. because I am creepy like that[]

It may have been a mere 48 hours, but in that time we were like a family.

It was my first year doing the 48 hour film project. It was my first time working with many of the people on the team, at least in the capacity that we all held in those 48 hours. When I do it again next year1, we have a lot to live up to because it was such a phenomenal experience.

Hashtag Bougie Productions

There was no ego; you never heard “that’s not my job”; you never felt like you were alone, no matter what you were doing. At least that’s what the experience felt like for me. I can only hope the same sentiments are shared by my team mates. I’m not sure how many of them know this, but it was my first time as a PA. I had no idea what to do so I just did what I did best: if Dave2 asked me to take care of something, I took care of it all the way. Just because I brought breakfast, didn’t mean it stopped there. Dianna and I owned that table and made it a spread you could never forget3!

I’ve always been pretty lucky when working on film sets. I always seem to be surrounded by people who are focused enough to get the work done professionally, but aren’t afraid to have fun with each other. Based on things I’ve heard from other people, it really isn’t always the case. I’m so grateful that my experiences have been so full of magic and collaboration.

I feel so honoured to have been able to work with a group of such talented people. I am full of renewed energy to continue to work in film4. If you ever get a chance to participate in something like the 48 Hour Film Project, I would highly recommend it. Just look at all the fun we had! Our team was called Hastag Bougie Productions, and together we produced All For Davey.

The first public screening took place on November 3rd, at the Revue Cinema, where we learned that we moved on to the “Best Of” screenings taking place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on November 10th from 3-6pm. I hope you can join us!

Watermarked photos belong to the lovely Dianna Lee from OTC Media.

On the set of "All For Davey"

On the set of "All for Davey"

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On the set of "All for Davey"

Footnotes:
  1. At least, I am hoping we do it again next year[]
  2. our fearless leader[]
  3. I know you think I am being dramatic but…[]
  4. heck, hopefully one day it will make me money too[]

“The best things in life are free…”

“…but you can give to the birds and bees I want condoms (that’s what I want)!”

Condom giveaway

Earlier this year, I blogged about Lucky Bloke‘s awesome samplers; raving about how much Garret((nope, not his real name)) and I enjoyed trying each one out1. I hope you’ll be excited as I am about this announcement but I have a sampler pack with your name on it!

What’s even better is that you get to choose the sampler pack that your heart desires once you have been deemed ‘The Winner’! And just to review, the various samplers that can be found on Lucky Bloke’s site are:

Sampler

Notes

Tighter Fit People may make size jokes, but there’s nothing funny about unsafe sex. Protect yourself and actually enjoy sex so you and your partner can have the last laugh. Includes brands like Beyond Seven, RFSU, GLYDE, Crown, Lifestyles, or Caution Wear.
Standard Fit Before condom manufacturers got their shit together and decided to cater to the wide variety of sizes that the world needs, there were these sizes. May include brands like Kimono, Okamoto, GLYDE, Billy Boy, Crown, Lifestyles, or Trojan.
Generous Fit There are actually quite a few manufacturers that make various size condoms. A sampler lets you try one of each so you know which one is for you. May include brands like Kimono, Okamoto, GLYDE, Billy Boy, Lifestyles, ONE, or Trojan.
Flavored/Flavoured There have always been fruit flavoured condoms, but they’ve upped their game with dessert flavoured condoms; taking the double entendre to a whole new level. May include brands like ONE and GLYDE (Organic & Vegan)!
Japanese Ultra-thin A sampler pack with standard size condoms, that promote that ‘barely there’ condom feel. May include brands like Okamoto, Kimono, Beyond Seven, Crown, Bareskin2, or ZERO.
International Ultra-thin Another sampler pack with standard size condoms, that promote the ‘barely there’ condom feel from all over the world. May include brands like Billy Boy, ONE, L. Condoms, Okamoto, Kimono, Beyond Seven, Crown, or Trojan.
Pleasure Shaped I’m hoping this one is pretty straight forward, these are shaped for your3 pleasure. May include brands like ONE, Billy Boy, Lifestyles, Durex, or Trojan.
Textured Who knew condoms came in so many different textures; ranges from ribbed, studded to ribbed+studded. May include brands like Kimono, Beyond Seven, ONE, Billy Boy, Lifestyles, Durex and Trojan.
Perfect Fit Finder Whether you’re not sure what size you want, or whether you want pleasure shaped or textured, or if you’ve never tried flavored/flavoured condoms before. This sampler lets you mix and match at your heart’s desire. May include brands like Kimono, Okamoto, GLYDE, Billy Boy, Crown, L., Lifestyles, ONE, RFSU, or Trojan.

And if you’re not interested in trying any of those, there are also two Lube samplers you could choose as your prize:

Sampler

Notes

Regular “It’s so much better wetter” — nothing could be more true! With a selection that ranges from water-based, silicone based (and hybrids), arousing, flavoured, stimulating, and more! May include brands like Pjur, Überlube, Sliquid, Yes, Good Clean Love, Encouner, Fusion, Astroglide, ONE, or Wet.
Flavored/Flavoured Choose from a variety of flavours from these three brands: [Encounter: watermelon, strawberry, vanilla, peach, cherry], [Wet: passion fruit punch, pomegranate, cherry, wild blueberry, piña colada, kiwi strawberry] and [Sliquid Swirl: strawberry pomegranate, blue raspberry, green apple].
Extra sexy notes about lubricant: Ultra-thin condoms require extra lubricant to enhance pleasure and safety4. Additional lube also helps heighten pleasure with textured condoms.

And remember, Lucky Bloke is the kind of site that sends you packages discreetly. When your prize arrives, no one will know that you’ve got such saucy goodies inside unless you tell them!

How do you win? It’s pretty easy. You just have to follow along with the widget below. There are a few different entry types this time because the giveway is exciting5:

Just a note for those who want to use the “tweet” entry. It would be lovely if you added the name of the sampler pack you want to win, or don’t; whatever, I’m not a cop.

Good luck! Winner will be announced on my birthday, November 7th6.

Footnotes:
  1. oh wait, I actually left that part out last time. SorryNotSorry[]
  2. by Trojan[]
  3. plural[]
  4. i.e. Breakage[]
  5. pun so very intended[]
  6. at whatever time I feel like announcing it, though most likely sometime near 5pm[]
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