The Stripping World

Unlike the cleanest people in the planet, I never get grossed out by strip clubs.

Though in a dark alley where really filthy stripping stuff happens, I never felt like a strip club (generally) is where non-decent people go.

When people think of something to do before they die, usually it’s climb the Mt. Everest or go to the city of gods and be gods too. I had a ‘to work in a strip club’ section in my bucket list. No, I don’t want to be a stripper. I just want a job there.

As a part of my exploratory experience, I tried applying for one that’s an hour away from where I live. Before the interview, I cleared up to myself that it will just be a try (it’s scary to get home at 3 in the morning especially for someone who is 19 and still doesn’t have her license). If anything follows, why yes.. why not.

And there went my interview. Terrified of everyone, I sat down very quietly in the corner waiting for the manager. Puzzled on the situation, I approached the table where the strippers sit and wait for people. Still terrified, I asked (very politely) who to see or where to wait. The lady who I assume to be one of the strippers, as well, very politely responded with “Oh, you just have to sit thee and they’ll pick you up. *smiles*.” I saw the other lady smiled too.

Then they came. There were two of them and I just have to emphasise how nice and cheerful they were to me.

Unlike the other interviews that I’ve had and failed, this one feels different. There were no fake shows like “we are a team growing together” or “when we go home, we become a better person because of what we are in this workplace.” There was no bullshit like that in a strip club interview.

So they welcomed me, asked me stuff like what I do in life and why I chose to apply. Very proudly and gracefully, I told them my fondness of delving to what feels like uncommon to many people because life is too great to not make something different and a few lies. Straight after, the manager told me what the hostess and receptionists do and how the strip area works. The money that comes in, lap dances, etc..

And then the most exciting bit….

I went to the floor where strippers put make up on, fix their hairs and wear lingeries. That exact moment seemed like a scene in the movie where the main character sees a whole new different world and she smiles thinking it’s a much better place to dwell in. Yes, it was one of the most fantastic encounters – me and the strip club room. There were some strippers who were busy but still welcomed me as if I work there. Someone even reached for my hair and said, “Wow, you’re hair is so long.” Her, touching my hair was majestic. Strippers are a bunch of welcoming and nice people. Here and there, I saw smiles.

I exited the place and talked to the front receptionist. She didn’t do any stripping and she wished me luck and hoped to be seeing me working there.

That was the first best interview that I’ve had.

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Return: Interviews and Stuff

After the long internet breakdown, I’m finally back to tell some stories!

I dread the day of my first ever official job interview. The experiences and interviews that I’ve had before were no nerve-wrecking because I was under 18. Being under that range of 18+ feels like the real thing.

The morning of tat day, I woke up very early and turned up the volume of the music on my earphones thinking that it would pump up the day and set my mood right. I jogged and walked for 45 mins. like I usually do. After, I came home, had 10-min. rest and prepared myself.

CRAP, I’M GONNA BE LATE. I thought. I calculated the time and still had that idea in mind.
Despite my 2-hour preparation, I still managed to fail punctuality.
I was 2 minutes late but it was unnoticed because the session hasn’t started yet and everyone’s still being friendly.

I sat down with the other applicants whom I felt so terrified of because of their prepared looks. Ohhh, and I even forgot to brush the last portion of my hair. What else? I wore funnily-matched clothes and my cardigan didn’t fit the colour of my top. Now, I’m just gonna assume that the fashionista guy in that interview was judging me to the bones.

As the group interview went, I vibe everyone as very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I, on the contrary, was like a silenced radio — to talkative in many instances, quiet in this one. I did show the interest and enthusiasm but the others were just too overpowering. But one thing that I couldn’t deny was that they’re a bunch of friend human beings.

At the end of it, I already set my mind and expectations. I’m not gonna get this job. Naturally, I’m a pessimist but I based this conclusion on what I saw in my performance.

Well, better luck and cool next time.

Brisbane Writer’s Festival ’13

Last September, one of the biggest week-long event for writers, aspiring writers, readers and those who build a world around books and reading was held in Brisbane.
There were different sessions occurring from time to time and you’ll just go crazy on which one to attend.

Several artists who represented and talked about the area of their forte came. Monica Dux and Anne Summers were just two of the awesome ladies who shared their view on feminism. Robert Hoge was there to inspire people with his personal experiences. Scott Westerfeld (who I got myself caught in embarrassment out of excessive fangirl feelings but we’ll talk about that later) was also there to discuss his thoughts before and whilst working on the Leviathan series. The power couple Kelly Sue deConnick and Matt Fraction (my personal favourites) shared their stories about comics and the world of superheroes. MANY MORE!

BWF IllustrationThe awesome illustration by Studio None for the event. All the other advertising roll outs revolved around the entirety of this art.

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Kid’s Corner

Here was where children’s books were displayed and read by the authors. Don’t underestimate! If you think that illustrating for a children’s book is a “..yada yada” thing, it’s the opposite. It takes an open mind to share kids stories.

Team deFraction

Team deFraction

I haven’t exposed much about my undying love for comics but soon, I will.
Anyway! Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue deConnick are just two of the hundreds of people who keep us entertained by writing the story of our loved superheroes and characters. They are both freelancers but other people most know them for writing Marvel characters – Kelly writes for Captain Marvel and also Avengers Assemble and Matt for HAWKEYE, Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four and FF (which he had recently dropped for another Marvel superhero).
They told what it is like to work in this huge society of fantasy. With excitement, they also shared their love story.
On a very personal note, meeting them was one of the best times of my life.

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A blurred (sorry!) picture of Monica Dux.

I was close enough to see how gorgeous Monica Dux with the other ladies were during this talk about feminism.

Another talk about the fantastic females of this world.

Another talk about the fantastic females of this world.

Empowering women over there. Kelly Sue deConnick was there to tell us about female superheroes – what they really are, what they do and what the society think of them as opposed the multitude of male superheroes. Catherine Fox giving facts and stats about women on the workforce. Hey, workforce and most of it aren’t only for males even after women give birth to the youngling. Antonia Kidman gave a speech about women in Literature. She included one of my favourite characters, Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird as a model for her female advocacy.

I wish I could document everything! That event was a blast and really, a good time to take a break and just enjoy the wonders of the things written on that piece of stationary.

Brisbane Writer’s Festival is a wide and very welcoming celebration so everybody who is up for some laughs and thoughts should definitely try coming.