To This Love

Been a while folks. A lot’s happened. I’m in a vastly different place than I was since my last posts. A good thing, I think. I’m moving forward, and that’s generally a good direction to be going in. Most recently, I just wrapped a really awesome play called The Pillowman. Changed my life, working on that thing. If you ever have the opportunity of watching it, anywhere, I highly recommend you don’t pass up on it.

Now that it’s over, however, I get to let the darkness of it go. And part of that, I’ve realized, is playing a lot more in the light, and LOVING it. Here’s something I’ve found for bringing a little sunshine in your life: if you wanna smile, work on things that make you smile. And two things guaranteed to make anyone smile? Babies and puppies. BOOM.

“The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.” – Tree of Life

Thanks again 🙂

Kev

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Chris & Kev and co. – Glow in the Dark Ping Pong

A couple of weeks ago me and Chris pulled off quite possibly our greatest achievement to date (aside from being born). One day Chris called me up and we had a conversation I only now vaguely remember, mainly cuz I was napping for most of it. About 3 hours later I called him back and realized I had agreed to help him quarterback this idea he had for the Variety Show on campus. It was a staged ping pong show. But it was glow in the dark. And we were floating.

No problem, right? Well, kind of a problem. We literally went through hell to put it up: people dropping out, having to paint and build everything, broken lights, broken limbs. What we ended up putting out there was actually our first ever run with all the pieces in place. And while it definitely shows, it still is pretty cool to watch, and it was all worth it.

Please enjoy what I like to call Chris’ baby, and my godchild. Thanks again. =)

Huge shoutouts to Lexi, Annelise, Anna, Parisa, and Ponch for being the ballers in black.

Barçablog Cuatro – No Smiles

So 6 days back and I’m already homesick. And real sick. Like bedridden for days and relentless fever sick. But I’m on the mend, and endless amounts of free time has given me the liberty to explore all kinds of pursuits…like playing the piano, and editing these videos at an alarmingly rapid rate. Like, for real. I just took a Therafllu NIGHTTIME, and I’m still going…at 6:30am. Thank you, fever. You got me on a hot streak. We’ll see how many more of these I can get out before school and my good health inevitably set in and productivity slows once more.

But for now, enjoy the benefits of my recent illness! This is still way back in September, when all was still so fresh and new. We had a group trip to the region of Castilla y León in Spain, class mandated and all. The bus ride over was quite the adventure, what with most of us hung over and 12 hours of driving (and STOPPING) to kill. For the rest of the week we were mostly learning about Art History for our pre-semester course, so a lot of building tours that soon grew boring and deciding whether or not something was clásico. I will say this, though…Gustavo Vega, our professor for Art History, he was the guy Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World” wishes he could be. Seriously. Watch for him in the video…you can’t miss him. He’s THAT interesting.

All that learning nonsense aside, we still did manage to have some good times on the group trip. Epic bus rides, swing competitions, an insane group dinner at an indian restaurant that I failed to capture on video, photo shoots, and a chinese restaurant in Spain made for some great adventures.

Miss you guys already. Enjoy the video.

Thanks again,

Kev

Dear Lexi,

NOTICE: The following video was made for the sole purpose of making Lexi cry.

Okay…so “sole” is maybe too strong a word, but “primary” wouldn’t be far off. Anyway, way back in August, as you might have seen in the last Chris & Kev video, Chris and I had this ingenious plan to take our videos of the drive down, and then edit them together in viewable webisodes to be released once a week. Now, had we succeeded in our idealistic plan, this video would have been PERFECTLY planned to be released this week. But alas, I must now remind you that we are Filipinos, and are thus operating on Filipino time, which states that we must be late for any and all appointments or deadlines, and should it be something for a close friend, well then the only understood and acceptable terms of completion are sometime before one party’s life has ended.

That being the case, I found it necessary to expedite the editing process on this next video, because, frankly, once Lexi gets back, this video’s message loses a lot of its luster. Therefore, we’re skipping ahead about 18 hours on the Chris & Kev timeline to Lexi’s going away party.

This video isn’t exactly a Chris & Kev episode, I have to admit. No shenanigans here. Well, mostly none.

Now Lexi, I know you’ve been wishing you could stay longer in Canterbury like I wanted to stay in Barcelona, but this might help ease the blow of coming back somewhat. This little video might pack a wallop, so go get your Kleenex, grab the cuddliest thing you got over there, and make sure your closest English friends are at hand, lest you find yourself TRAPPED IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION.

Enjoy the video, and enjoy your last few days across the pond, amiga! We’ll see you in a few =)

Adieu,

Kev

Cool Stuff I Like

Stop-motion animation. Essentially, you take a series of still frames to give the illusion of actual motion. It’s never so flashy, and definitely not technologically groundbreaking. But it always looks cool. You could take the most ordinary room in the world, stop-motionize the poop out of it, and turn it into a space of infinite possibilities. And just to create the shortest of stop-motion videos, an insane amount of work and detail must be paid to something that may appear so simple and elementary to others. I’ve got a couple of idears for stop-motion videos, and hopefully soon I’ll be able to make something as awesome as this:

The song is “SMS (Shine)” by David Crowder Band. Put it in 1080p, hit the fullscreen, and watch some amazing storytelling happen.

 

 

Atomic Tom

While I wait for the newest episode of Chris & Kev go to Whitey’s Castle to upload, I thought I’d take this time to use my blog for non-abroad, non-selfish purposes.

You’ve probably already seen this, but in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week and are not one of the (as of this posting) 1.3 million people who have seen this video, here’s something way cool and inspiring from a band called Atomic Tom. EVERYTHING (from the music playing to the video recording) was done on Apple’s new iPhone and channeled through a battery powered amp, and the song ain’t half bad either. If I could be half as badass as this in my lifetime, I’ll count it as a success. See how far along I am on that endeavor a little later today…

But until then, here’s to creativity.

Kev

Barçablog Dos – Straight from the Teat

Oookay…sorry for the absence of videos lately. My internet’s been poopy lately and isn’t cooperating. I DO have the videos, though…it’s just a matter of figuring out how to upload them for your viewing pleasure. This includes both my Barçablogs and Chris & Kev adventures, which have now been out of commission for weeks. Sorry!

Anyway, the first video I put up was a week into my stay in Barcelona. This video goes over a little of what went down our orientation week in Castelldefels. Next video is our week in Barcelona, before the group trip to Castilla y Leon. Confusing, right?

Now, a little contextual info before we dive into the tale of La Leche de Pantera. On our first day in Castelldefels, we were walking around the town, when we passed one of many little bars. Outside, it had a poster advertising a new cocktail: LA LECHE DE PANTERA. My now good buddy from the program, Sam (tall, auburn-NOT RED–hair, dashing good looks) says, “I WANT THAT,” and he proceeds to throw it out there as a possible adventure every night for the rest of the week. Fast-forward 5 days, and it’s our last night there. We’re at dinner coming up with a gameplan for the night and Sam says, “YO. Before we leave, I’m checking out that Panther Milk. Who’s coming with?” A bunch of us did, and what followed was one of the most LEGENDARY nights ever. We went to a dead bar in the middle of the week, and OWNED it for the night. And the best part was, we were all (well, almost all) completely sober by the time this went down. The drink, by the way, was nothing special. All sugar, not enough alcohol. But those are small details…it’s the memories that matter. And you know what? If 60% of the time it works every time, I guess we were just on the other 40%…and it still worked. Think about it.

That’s about it for now, I think. It was a battle enough getting this video onto the website, so now I will just embed and enjoy.

Talk soon,

Kev

P.S. All still photo credit goes to the lovely Kelly Çakert. And yes, that is literally how you spell her name.