My Christmas Eve

It’s not even 10pm but I feel exhausted as if I had stayed up the whole night.  I have put away most of the Christmas fare we had for dinner, (early noche buena) but I’m too tired to start putting away the leftovers.  So I’m here at the dining table blogging in the dark while listening to Jed Madela’s “Perfect Christmas”.  I had a little wine but not enough to get me tipsy.  I’m just plain tired from two days of cooking and wrapping gifts and putting up cards on the wall.

The boy has opened all his presents, and he’s enjoying his DVD of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Three while clutching his Star Wars Ultimate Anakin FX Lightsaber.  There are at least half a dozen other toys but they are too many to mention.  He tries to feature them online via his Youtube channel, The Angelo Report.  (We still can’t quite figure out how he can have one video with 135,000+ views and another with over 50,000!)  The important thing is that he is happy, and happier still that his handmade Christmas frame from school with a picture of him in it is my favorite present this year. =)

Please excuse the grainy pic but I have no energy to grab the camera beyond the blackberry.  Isn’t he just handsome?  He tries to have me rock him like a baby but I keep telling him he’s now too big to be carried that way.  He still insists.  And I still try.  But he’s growing up soooo fast.

It’s these precious occasions when we connect in a different way as only a mother and her son could that makes all the hard work worth it.  He loved the roast chicken when it was cooling but gave it a thumbs down at the dinner table.  Sigh.. picky eater that he is, I am still trying to get him to eat more.  Fortunately, he is a carnivore and took to the chateaubriand instead.  (I veered away from the prime rib roast this time around and stuck to the smaller serving of beef, wrapped in bacon.)

I might opt for take out for New Year’s eve.  Right now I’m just thinking of the champagne, crackers, cheese, pate — and I’d be happy.

Merry Christmas everyone!

The Angelo Report: My budding Film Maker

Would you believe that this particular clip of Angelo’s has picked up almost 17,000 hits over at his youtube channel: The Angelo Report?!  Even I was blown away by the popularity of the video considering it was made by a child on a very child-like topic.

It took a while for this fact to sink in with the boy who was not too concerned about views or hits, and was just having fun emulating his idols on YouTube by creating videos of his toys.  For my part, I have always tried to encourage him in anything he likes — and I am just so amazed at how this medium has given him a channel to express his creativity, and at the same time develop his self confidence.

Just like anything on the web, people are not always going to be pleased so while I am not too happy that it is not 100% as far as the “like” function is concerned, and there was a crude comment I pulled out, I am trying to get people to comment on the video because Angelo doesn’t care so much about the hits as the number of people commenting and rating his work.  It’s a seven year old doing his own thing — we have no pretensions of being a serious film maker.  He is probably thinking of being one eventually but for now, I’m just so thrilled to see him having fun doing it.

The three comments there are somehow strange in that the spelling and grammar is not even at par my with 7-year-old.  One comment referred to the racer who was the inspiration for one of the Cars (The Movie) character, which makes me think, people should stop a while and see what the video is about before thinking they know more than the filmmaker.   Another one was asking where Angelo is from (seeing he is Asian talking the way he talks) because she couldn’t place his “acsent” — and that wasn’t a typo.  The comment I took out was a crude comment in broken English about not liking his video.

I’m just being the defensive Mom, I know.. why can’t people just let the kid have fun?  Some people just don’t have anything better to do.  I remember the grief I went through when certain bloghoppers made a habit of trolling blogs they would attack with all these unsavory comments.  Why even bother?

Right now I am just so impressed by the way he’s coming out of his shell and thinking of new ways to showcase his videos.  We’re still trying to get him looking at the camera when he chooses to have himself as part of the shot — and he’s getting better at it.  I’m also trying to get him used to showing the object which is the subject of the video long enough for the viewer to see it — but if you look at his first video which we did last year and compare it with the other things he’s done, you’ll see my boy is growing up.

So if you have the time, please do stop by his channel on YouTube and leave a comment.. Even just hitting the “like” button will mean a lot.  He’s already looking at George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.. right now, other youtube filmmakers continue to inspire him..

Another Monday

The Angelo Report The weekend saw me working on several pieces for posting at the shop as I am hardpressed to convert my growing stash of supplies to actual saleable items and hopefully, eventual sales.  I had a query about a possible order for 6 of my memory wire pearl bracelets over the weekend, but I couldn’t fill the order for lack of the right size and shape of pearls I needed to duplicate a design already on sale.  Lesson learned: extra supplies might be needed.

Meanwhile, it’s another Monday.  I’m a tad bit inappropriately dressed because I left home where it was windy and rainy, and arrived here in Manhattan in my fuschia pink light coat and black turtleneck where the sun was shining in full splendor.   *SIGH*  And to think home is just 20 minutes away!  Mother nature can indeed be very fickle-minded.

School has resumed and the little tyke just gave me a call.  At least he remembered (“Call Mommy when you arrive.)  I am happy we are back to our routine.  So at almost 4pm, I’m starting to think about what I’m  serving for dinner.  Weekdays tend to be more routine because I don’t really get home before 7pm most nights, and I have to whip something up in under an hour.  He asked me ever so smugly, “Mommy, are you happy that I called?”  Of course I was.

Our current project is to turn these videos taken from my blackberry into a webcast he wants to put up under the title “THE ANGELO REPORT”.  (I haven’t set up the YouTube channel yet only because I am still trying to find a converter so I can edit the film clips in 3gp format and combine them into one film clip.)  We had so much fun shooting segments last week in Bryant Park (!), his venue of choice.  I am raising a broadcaster-wannabe, complete with request for microphone (mom’s tube of lip gloss) and a people-traffic heavy venue.  Blame this on I-Carly, one of his current favorite shows where Carly and friends have a very popular webshow.  I am thinking our next post should be shot using my trusty digital camera so the format will be better suited for the MovieMaker I use to edit.

It was just such a thrill watching him speaking with such confidence,  and his nonchallant declaration that he wanted to be famous.  Didn’t we all at one time dream about fame?  Forget about fortune… for now.

So Mommy is “camera girl” while we shoot.  “Action!”