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You can call me The Mask. In some sites, I'm also known as Detective Mask. I was born on April 12, 1990, making me 25 years old as of this time. I've been a theOtaku member for over 10 years already.

I'm a wandering teacher striving to enhance my skills. I'm also a longtime anime fan, and my all-time favorite anime/manga franchises include Detective Conan (Case Closed), MAJOR, Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X), Silver Spoon, and Death Note.

Some other notes: I'm a loyal Detective Conan fan for over a decade already. I'm also a pro-wrestling otaku, mainly with WWE. I love learning about history and I have a soft spot for social psychology.

It's great to have you in my Cafe. Feel free to browse around. Take care and may you have a nice day!

Detective Mask. Age: 27

This post is also known as The First 2017 post, which would also replace the discontinued Last 2016 post.

For the people that actually follow this blog, you'll notice that The Mask's Cafe has basically turned into a yearly blog post. I guess it was inevitable since different platforms have begun emerging in the age of social media.

Still, I hope to continue doing this yearly tradition for a very long time.

Anyway, my birthday went on the way a normal adult birthday goes. I go to work, I share food with friends and workmates, and I eat out with family.

As I turned 27, I brought with me some key lessons about life from my days as a 26-year-old. The most painful one came with my aunt's death last February. I never really thought this would actually happen at this point, so I really felt sad about it. What made it more painful for me was that prior to her death, we didn't share that many pictures together. It made me realize that life is really too short, and that we should really make the most out of it while we still can.

Now I'm normally not a huge fan of taking pictures, but if it means capturing a moment that can last forever, I'm willing to do so.

I also brought with me the lesson of valuing family. This hit hard when an illness came into the family. I won't give details about it, but let's just say it really gets you thinking about life.

And then, there was the lesson of devotion. Last January, I was tasked with supervising the care of a group of Korean teenagers who came to the Philippines to learn English Sparta-style. That led to the busiest 6 weeks of my life. It also led me to living alone in my room for the first time, with no family near me. It was pretty much a life-changing experience to some extent.

As for Manga Pro-Wrestling, I've really made little progress in the past few months, but I'm hoping to fulfill all the commitments I've already made in the past. Now that I've been elevated to a higher position in my company, I may not have as much time as I would've wanted for my arts.

Anyway, that's my life as a newly-turned 27-year-old. Happy birthday to me, and have a nice day! :-D

Detective Mask. Age: 26

You know you're already in the adulthood stage when at some point in the day, you feel too busy to celebrate your own birthday. That's what happened to me, as I woke up early to work on my student's handout --- only for it to be deleted and redone again due to a lapse in judgment during the saving process.

Oh well....

I was honestly hoping my 25-year-old self could actually follow through with what I've begun for Manga Pro-Wrestling. But then again, I'm now in the adulthood stage. I may have been able to do a good amount of drawings, but it has become a struggle for me to create another pro-wrestling illustration series like the Eren vs. Jean trilogy. At the end of the day, work and school outweighs these illustrations.

But it's great that my 25-year-old self did something that took a long time for me to do: to get a regular job. The last time I held a regular employee status was back in 2011, and that gig officially lasted for 4 months ago. It may not pay that much, but it's no biggie. I'm considering this as my way of "paying my dues", as pro-wrestlers would put it.

Now that I'm 26 years old, I'm anticipating an even greater challenge in the weeks and months ahead. I'm almost close to doing my graduate thesis and finishing my master's degree. Apart from that, I have an ESL position that also requires me to handle non-ESL subjects and tutorial classes. And even Manga Pro-Wrestling continues to give me a challenge, with projects that have been waiting to get finished already.

My life as a 26-year-old is going to be a bumpy ride. But at this point, I have to move forward and look to the future.

For now, happy birthday to me. :D

The Last 2015 Post

It's been a long time since I've posted in here. I attribute it to the fact that barely anyone even visits me here. Still, some traditions are hard for me to let go. And so I deliver my last post for 2015...right here in theOtaku (along with other platforms).

My Career
The year 2015 was a fruitful year for me in many aspects. As far as my teaching career is concerned, this is the year that I felt the most productive so far. Ever since I became an ESL teacher for young Koreans, I was able to do a better job with my skills. On top of that, I even got to expand further to a part-time tutorial gig in the same company. This was part of what I really wanted to try doing when I took up my education units. This has began to solidify my belief that high school or senior high school may be the right track for me within the next 10-15 years.

Admittedly, it's made my life busier now, but I'm just glad that the stress I feel involves something that is more manageable than what I had to do for the past years. Plus, I'm starting to save more money now, and I hope by 2016 my savings continue to grow and grow.

The Japan dream continues to live on, but I've started to be more realistic as the year progressed. Primarily, I've started to save up money for the Japan gig. It's a struggle to do so, especially with my graduate studies still not ending. As such, my plan to go to Japan by 2017 has been scrapped. But I'm hoping that by 2018 or 2019 (in other words, before I turn 30 years old), I will finally reach the Japan dream.

My Art Hobby
For my artistic hobby, this is the year that I've officially opened my Manga Pro-Wrestling website. I've managed to progress even further in my drawing skills, and I've never been prouder with my works. It still surprises me how those Eren vs. Jean illustrations from 2014 have been the key catalyst to this development. I'm even thinking of entering into a small business venture with my works, and I hope this could progress.

The year 2015 is also marked by the end of eras. The ones that continue to be notable at the moment are the late-night retirements of David Letterman and Jon Stewart. These two men have been very influential to me during my adolescent years, and I would go on to say that it has been vital in building my confidence in my career today. Seeing them go was sad to see (especially the veteran Letterman), as it marked a partial end to my younger years. I will say this, though: when Detective Conan ends, I'm going to be in a damn emotional wreck.

As a pro-wrestling fan, it was also sad to see legends pass away this year, most notably Dusty Rhodes and Rowdy Roddy Piper. Their deaths were just too shocking to hear, especially since they seemed to be in good physical condition. I just pray that their souls, along with many others, will finally rest in peace.

Thank goodness for Takuya Mitsuda, though. After being bummed about the end of MAJOR, Mitsuda suddenly comes out with the announcement that MAJOR would be back as MAJOR 2nd. Though it's markedly different now, with Goro being much older already, it was still great to see the series carry on its story for the younger generation.

And thank goodness for ALDUB. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I'd be hooked on a Filipino love team. It's been such a great source of joy for me this year, and I couldn't help but be happy for the success that Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza are enjoying this year. I'm even happy for the success of the Lolas (Wally Bayola, Jose Manalo, and Paolo Ballesteros). For the first time in my life, I'm actually invested in pop figures that are distinctly Filipino.

Thank You
So that's the year 2015 for me. I'll probably kick myself later for forgetting other key points in this year, but whatever. To end this post, here's the final song performed in the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman. It's Everlong by the Foo Fighters.

Thank you and Happy New Year everyone!

Thanks Dave!

David Letterman has officially retired from late-night television. I've already expressed how much Dave influenced me and how much he meant to me in my fan art submissions (here and here) as well as my last Top Ten list (here), so this post is really going to be short.

All I wish for Dave is that he would have peace and happiness together with his wife and his son. Thank you Dave and God bless.

Top Ten Signs Your Friend Watches Too Much Anime

READER DISCRETION: This bit may contain themes and language not suitable for very young children.

On May 20, 2015, the "King of Late Night" David Letterman will officially retire after more than 3 decades on the air. As we celebrate his contributions to late night and to the entire comedy world, I decided to bring back this neat segment that I borrowed from his show a long time ago.

Back in 2006, I've become such a fan of the Late Show with David Letterman that I made my own series of Top Ten lists, just like what he'd normally deliver on his show. Since I was more associated with the anime community theOtaku, my lists tend to be related to anime. I had Top Ten Answers Anime Characters Would Give to the Question "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?". Back when Gundam Seed Destiny was quite hot, I also had Top Ten Dumb Guy Thoughts About Gundam Seed Destiny. But the list that started it all was Top Ten Signs that an Otaku is Going Insane.

Now that was 2006. Since then, a lot of things have changed. If I delivered that list now, I'd sound like the ghost of anime past. And that ain't cool with big daddy cool. (Okay, maybe that made me sound like the ghost of pro-wrestling past.)

Anyway, I decided to bring out a new list to pay tribute to David Letterman on his retirement. It's more of an updated list, though, since this is based on one of my old lists. And even though I dedicate this to Dave, I'm pretty sure he won't get a lot of the in-jokes here.

Tonight's category: Top Ten Signs Your Friend Watches Too Much Anime


When a girl uppercuts him, he suddenly jumps way above the ground.

Ask him who Masashi Kishimoto is and he'll give you a very detailed answer. Ask him who Barack Obama is and his mind goes blank.

His weird fashion sense involves a white shirt, lots of cake, and the 12th letter of the English alphabet.

He always tries to use a transmutation circle to turn a piece of paper into his homework.

When he ran an errand to buy some bleach, he came back with a book about an orange-haired teen.

He came out as a ripped, shirtless pink-haired guy for the school's fairy tale prom.

While his Australian teacher was talking about the Yowie monster, he raised his hands and screams "That's wasn't me! I like girls!"

He freaked out when his spelling test had the words hen, tie, lowly, cone, show, tack-on.

You tried to give him one piece of advice, and he screamed, "It's one piece of Oda, idiot!"

In an NFL game, he's wondering why the Tennessee Titans doesn't just bite their thumbs and eat their opponents alive.

And that's it for tonight's Top Ten list. Thank you for reading. And thank you, David Letterman, for the laughs and the memories that you have given to everyone, including me. Take care, Dave.

Good night everybody! #ThanksDave