A madman in a suit

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Want to know who's running the show? A primer on everything JM. Unadulterated, straight up pure narcissism. (Almost) everything you wanted to know about me, but were afraid to ask. Swallow with a pinch of salt.

The Basics

Name: Jan Michael Ibañez
Sex: Male
Birthday: June 04, 1982
Location: Metro Manila, Philippines
Occupation: College Student
Pre-occupation: Computers
Likes: Food, computers, interesting people
Dislikes: Narrow-minded fools
Contact: see reply page

Who Am I?

I am Jan Michael Ibañez, a college student. I guess I can never fully define who I am. At times I'm a lazy bum, never thinking of doing anything. Sometimes however, I can't stop working on various stuff. I'm a recovering procrastinator, having breezed through high school by cramming on projects and tests. I can get highly opinionated on various issues, but sometimes I just don't give a damn.

I got introduced to computers when I was in Grade 4 (or was it Grade 3?). My dad brought home an XT clone. The moment he set it up I knew that this greyish-beige metal box was going to change my outlook in life.

I'm a self-confessed computer geek. I've learned things an ordinary computer user wouldn't care to know. I've learned about computer interrupts, device drivers, BASIC, C, pointer arithmetic— sometimes I wonder how I keep myself interested.

However, that doesn't mean I don't like going out. Although I'd rather read a good book, I do enjoy going out with my friends and my family.

I'm also a talkative person, known for monopolizing conversations ranging from the mundane to the philosophical, yet sometimes I prefer to listen.

Stubborn & tenacious, tactless yet sensitive, mundane yet a dreamer. I'm a whole slew of opposites that sometimes I think I'm the epitome of the Gemini.

Whatever I am, whoever I am— there will only be one me.

Favorite Reads

The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Belgariad series, David Eddings
Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder


So What?, Miles Davis
Blue in Green, Miles Davis
Body and Soul as played by Thelonious Monk
Crepuscule with Nellie, Thelonious Monk
Devil May Care as sung by Diana Krall
Gusto Ko Ng Baboy, The Radioactive Sago Project
Walking Away, Craig David
Spice of Life, Dsound
You've Got A Friend as played by The Brand New Heavies
Crawlin', Linkin Park

Wish List

The Brownbeat All-Stars
Bitches Brew re-issue, Miles Davis (if anyone has an old LP copy and is willing to part with it...)
My Favorite Things, John Coltrane
Romance With The Unseen, Don Byron


Scent of A Woman
The Fisher King
Mission: Impossible
Wild Things
Good Will Hunting


Kilawin anything

Seven things

*Taken from Reggie, who took it from Frances, who in turn took it from Tiffany. So I'm unoriginal, sue me.

7 Things I'm Afraid Of:

  1. Success
  2. Failure
  3. Losing everyone I care about
  4. The unknown
  5. Death
  6. Rejection
  7. Heights

7 Things That Make Me Laugh:

  1. Me
  2. Suck
  3. Afternoon telenovelas or soap operas
  4. Election campaigns
  5. Our public officials
  6. Politics and society
  7. Metro Manila

7 Things That Make Me Cry:

  1. The futility of life
  2. My habits
  3. Not knowing everything
  4. Not knowing what to do
  5. Politics
  6. Metro Manila
  7. The inane plotlines of B-movies

7 things I love:

  1. Life
  2. Food
  3. My private journal
  4. Good music
  5. Good conversation
  6. My copy of Sophie's World
  7. Living in Metro Manila

7 Things I Don't Understand:

  1. Life
  2. Me
  3. Metro Manila
  4. Social structures
  5. The human psyche
  6. Filipino pop culture
  7. The Marimar phenomenon

7 Things On My Desk:

  1. My private journal
  2. Pens and pencils
  3. My wallet
  4. A small pad of paper
  5. Notebooks
  6. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  7. My school ID

7 things to do before I die:

  1. Own Microsoft
  2. Enjoy my life
  3. Discover my real self
  4. Return to my high school and embarass the pop kids
  5. Live in New York
  6. Finish coding the ultimate PC game
  7. Climb Everest


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