Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Risers(Episode 3 : Lock Up Uncle Rob)

The center of the city, the main city. Was in total chaos. Cars were getting into accidents, bodies flying out of the buildings, those that survive without getting their brains all over the place because of the impact, gotten back up and started chomping down on people who were nearby. Steve, a police officer, was stunned to see what was transpiring. He ran down the block as a number of the undead notice his presence. They chased him as he ran, they may not be able to run or walk fast, but they were gaining. Until a certain shop, a café to be precise, the door opened and there was a girl covering her face not wanting to be shot by Steve as he takes aim.

“Please,” says the girl.

Steve shot the man behind her which was an undead.

“Get inside,” says Steve as the undead that were chasing him gotten closer. He closed and bolted the door behind him with a table and chair and a shelf nearby.

“Is there a back door?” ask Steve.
“Yes, over there.” The girl points to the back door and they both ran out of the café leading to the back alley which leads them back to the main street. Steve looks around and saw an abandon police car. A four wheel drive. They hop onto it and drove away from the city.

“Thanks back there,” says the girl.
“No problem, I was around.”
“What is going on by the way?”
“I don’t know, we had an emergency call, to an apartment down the block from where we met, and all hell started break loose. My captain, my best friend. Dead.”

“I’m sorry to hear about that. Where you plan on going?”
“Going back to HQ and find some answers. I hope there is any.”
“Oh yea~ I’m Juliette by the way.”
“Steve. Here take this. You know how to use one of these?” Steve gave her his extra handgun he was carrying.

“Luckily yes, dad always brought me hunting when I was a kid.”
“Are your parents alright?”
“They’re dead.”
“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know.”
“Long time ago when I was a kid. Got raise by my grandparents.”
“Are they alright? Did you check up on them?”
“Not to worry, they’re dead too. Three years ago.”
“And you’re the only child.”

They drove for 20 minutes, passing outside a neighborhood road, Juliette points to the fuel indicator, its pointing towards “E”. They were running out of fuel soon. Few minutes later, the car came to a complete stop, out of fuel. They got out of the car, armed and started to walk towards the police station. A house was horded by zombies in the opposite direction in the neighborhood. A huge drain was the only one that is separating them and the house in the neighborhood, opposite. A car comes out from the junction that leads into the neighborhood, Steve and Juliette scream their hearts out to get the attention of the car.

Back to Chris, Jack, Nancy and Rob in the car.

“You guys hear that?” Asks Nancy.
“*Chris looks back and saw a man and a woman* hey~ people.. behind us.. ”

Chris stops the car and greets them as they approached.

“I’m I glad to see someone else alive.” Says Jack.
“Glad to see you guys too.. Where you guys heading?” Ask Steve.
“Back to the city, city center.” Answers Chris.
“Don’t go back there, that place is screwed.” Says Steve.
“Where you guys heading?” Chris.
“Police Station, few miles down the road. I don’t know about you, but you’ll need some more guns and ammo to fight these things. Glad to spare you guys some of what’s left in HQ.” Steve.

Chris looks at the others and they all gave a sign of agreement.

“Hop in, stick together.. better chances of survival.” Chris.
“Thanks, I’m Steve this is Juliette.”
“I’m Chris, Jack, Nancy and Rob.”

They made their way to the police station, it was already abandoned long ago. They headed in armed and cautious of their surroundings. They make their way to the armory, scavenge whatever weapons and ammo they can, food and water that will cleanse their hunger and thirst. In the control room Nancy can be seen staring at the blank monitors, shredding her tears. Jack enters and comforts her, saying that everything will be ok. Ensuring her that her mum is alive and well regardless being in a middle of a chaos in the city. Juliette enters the room.

“Erm~ Hey~ bad time? We’re about to leave. Have you guys seen the weird guy?”
“Uncle Rob? Answers Nancy.

The searched for him and found in sitting down staring at the walls on the guard’s table near the jail cells.

“Uncle Rob we’ve got to go. Uncle Rob?”

Chris and Steve enters.

“Rob, it just occurred to me.. why were the zombies hoarding your place? I mean, other houses gates and doors were wide opened.. yet they chose your place to hoard. Why is that? Was someone there?” ask Chris.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Jack.
“Uncle Rob???” Nancy shivers.
“Wait, on our way here we did see a house hoarded by zombies. That was yours?” Juliette points to Rob.

Rob was sitting down still on the table, staring at the floor with his eyes opened. As if he has seen a ghost. Chris approached Rob slowly, Rob without warning, swung his hand armed with a blunt object. A broken wood, at Chris. Chris evaded, Rob kept on fighting. Jack, Steve and Chris took action and overpowered Rob and threw him in a nearby cell which surprisingly has its key hanging on the lock. Steve took the key and place it on the table nearby. They left leaving Rob in the cell, yelling, begging to be release. They got back into their car and headed back to Rob’s house in search of Nancy’s mum.

In the car.

“What’s that? Jack asks Juliette as she was holding something.
“It’s a C.B radio, thought it would be useful. We can try communicate with someone out there. At least.”

“What’s wrong with my uncle?”
“Does he has any, medical issues?” Ask Steve.
“Physically only.. mentally. Never reported. Nor mentioned.”
“Nancy, if the main door holds, your mum could still be inside. Or, I’m sure she found some other way out.” Says Chris.

As they arrived at a distance.

“Shit~ how the hell are we going to get in??” Jack.

The place, area. Still hoarded by zombies. Lots of them.

“Here’s a crazy plan. Nancy, Juliette.. mind the car.” Chris.

As the three of them approached Rob’s house slowly, hiding 3 houses away. Nancy and Juliette followed them as well. Juliette couldn’t stop Nancy of wanting to join them. The plan: Jack goes to Rob’s house and distract them, bringing them away bit by bit, until there was at least enough room to maneuver or shoot hole through the crowd. The zombies got Jack’s attention, as they chased him, Jack runs as fast as he could 6 houses down and will meet them back at the car. The four others ran into Rob’s compound, firing a whole through the crowd making a hold to make their way to the main door. The firing noises caught attention of those who were chasing after Jack and were making their way back. Chris and Steve busted the door open and bolt it shut. Blocking it with shelves and tables.

“MUMM!!!! MUM!!!! MUMM!!!!!!” Nancy screams to the top of her lungs for her mum.

“Helllo!!!! Is anyone here!!!????” Steve calls out for Nancy’s mum.

Juliette looks around and saw a broken window, with blood on it.

“Hey guys!!! Over here!!!”
“What you got?” Chris and the others rushed to the scene.

“I guess whoever was in here, jumped out through here when all of these started.” Says Juliette.
“Oh my god.” Nancy.
“There is no corpse or anything, she could have just cut herself while jumping out. And got somewhere safe. Whoever came here did not come on foot, there is no car on the drive way. If it’s your mum, she’s safe.”

“Nancy. *Chris looks at Nancy* your mum is safe. So is Evelyn and Sarah. We’ll find them ok? Alright? Let’s get the hell out of here.” Says Chris.

The front door crashes open.

(To Be Continued)

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Risers (Episode 2 : Ego Kills)

From a police cruiser radio.

“All units, all units head down to the Canyon street, the main city. All units head to the main city immediately.”

“Turn on that siren Tim.”
*Turns on Siren* Right on Steve. All units? Must be a bank robbery or something going on there.”
“Only one way to find out.” Says Tim.

The two policemen make their way to the scene of the situation. As they arrived, there were firemen and other policemen as well.

“What’s the situation here?” Asks Steve to a fireman nearby.
“Well, that building over there, part of it collapsed, got blown away unknown to us how. Big debris fell on that man’s car, my men are trying to get him out. Frantic screams are heard from this apartment here, don’t know what’s going on.”

From a short distance a man in his forties calls out Steve.

“Steve, Hey Steve!! Tim! Get your asses here!!”
“Captain, what’s going on?” Asks Tim.

With a group of other policemen there, they were ready for a briefing by the captain.

“Ok fellows, listen here, we have no idea what we are going to expect in there, S.W.A.T will lead, you guys follow.”

“Why do we need so many men?” Steve asks.
“We received 15 calls from this place alone, don’t know what are we up against, terrorist, gangsters we don’t know, keep on the lookout. Ok, let’s get going.”

“Steve I’ll go get the shotguns from the trunk, you head on up first with them.”
“See you in a bit.”

Suddenly a body flew out of the window, the impact of the fall busted the head opened as the body hits the ground.

“Fucking Hell!!!!” Says the captain.

The fallen body caught Tim’s attention for a while, he made his way to a car trying to pass the road block before he can make it to his car. The car filled with a trio of two male n a female in their twenties, they explained they were heading their way to his girlfriend’s house. Tim was called on the radio by Steve, Tim decided to let them go before he change his mind. He went to the cruiser, get the shotguns and made his way towards Steve. Tim enters the apartment building and there was a frantic situation on the second floor, the tenants that were left in the building seems to be attacking and eating the S.W.A.T team and other policemen, Tim beats some of them up, removing them from its victims, most victims ended up dead, gunshots were heard and screams from Steve as well. It was hell. Tim arrived at Steve, and they both shot whatsoever un-human coming their way and make themselves back down and out of the place as fast as they could. They dragged their captain who was injured bitten on the neck out the front door in the nick of time. He was gasping for air unable to talk, Steve calls for the medic while Tim stands guard and puts his shotgun in between the door handle, locking it. The captain dies through the lost of blood, a man suddenly jumps out of the window and falls on Tim and starts chomping on him. Steve got up and shoot the fallen man on Tim, Tim was a goner and couldn’t be saved. Steve shoots the captain as he rose back up and tried to kill Steve. Steve stares into the street that was in chaos and getting worst.

Back at Nancy’s, Nancy’s uncle Rob was found lingering in the house of the 2nd floor. He explained that her mother gave him the extra key to the house some time ago.

“Nancy we can’t stay here for long, we have to keep moving. Soon this place will be filled with those things,” says Jack.

“Zombies you mean?” questions Rob.
“Zombies? Are you living in a sci-fi movie?” Asks Jack.
“No I’m serious, infection, virus, zombies and shit.”

“The only zombies that I know of, are the ones from Nigeria, Ghana or any of them African countries. Where the witchdoctors put some juju on his/her victims and controls them or bring them back to life. So? Which one is it? Juju or some virus bullshit?” Asks Chris.

“Ill have to go with virus.” Answers Rob.
“And you know this how?” Asks Nancy.
“Just a hunch. You see people turn into one of them after being hurt by them. Right?”

“Whatever it is. We got to keep moving.” Explains Jack.
“What about my mom?”
“Try and remember where did she go today? Or usually goes? We’ll try and find her. Who knows she might gotten stuck there or in hiding or something. Leave her a note to where we are going. At least.” Explains Jack.

An awkward silence begins to go around the room, no one knew what to say after that nor had any idea what to really do next.

“Guys, let’s go to my place. It’s a above ground single-storey house. It’s a fort, and my area is the safest I know it. It will never get infested by those things. “Zombies”. It will never, I know it.. it’s the safest place, got lotsa food and water, we can stay there for as long as we want.” Explains uncle Rob.

“No man, I don’t think so, when the time comes, those things somehow will make their way there. No matter how deep into the country side we go, it’s only a matter of time.”
“Mr. Jack! No, no, I am very very sure and confident my place is safe and zombies free. Let’s go now.”

“….. does your place has a back door?” asks Chris.
“No it does not. Look! Let’s just go to my place ok!! It’s the safest place in town. Perhaps in the world too.”

“You’re going to get us killed.”
“What!? What are you talking about huh!?? Look I know my shit well, you follow me no one’s gonna die.”

“Are you fucking mad? We get attacked at least we can escape either way. Do you understand?”
“*chuckles* it’s you who do not understand!!! I know what I’m saying well!!! Now c’mon let’s get going to my place!!!”

“Fuck no!! Chris is right about the back door..” Says Jack.

“Yea~ I’m a bad person. I’m a bad man.. I get the people I care about die.” *Walks out*

“Uncle Rob,” Nancy calls out.

“Nancy, do you remember where your mum said she was going? Any idea?” Asks Chris.
“…….. center of the city.”
“Shit~ we just went passed there and it was hell.” Jack.
“Where exactly?” asks Chris.
“To her friend’s place, some apartment.”
“I know this sounds crazy, let’s go try and look for her there.. it’s worth a shot.”

“I’ll go grab some blunt objects.” Says Jack.
“Get your uncle...”

They got into the car and made their way to the center of the city, during the ride, Rob was making a fuss of how bad he is as an uncle and a person.

“No you’re not a bad person uncle.”
“Yes I am Nancy. Yes I am.”

Jack puts his head on the dashboard.

“Rob, where do you live exactly? Show us.. perhaps it is kind of a good idea..” says Chris.

Nancy was surprised by the change of heart by Chris. Rob then explained, giving directions regarding where his house is. As they arrived at Rob’s area, they weren’t even able to get close to it, the roads and area were filled with zombies lurking around, Rob’s house from afar can be seen horded by zombies, the stairs that leads to the one and only entrance, was a goner. Filled with the undead, lurking. Rob couldn’t believe what he was seeing, Chris, Jack and Nancy did not say a word. The only thing that they could do was just stare, as the house was slowly getting torn apart.

Shouting And Dancing In The Sun

So~ last Sunday,I accompanied Amelia to a beach party at Gayana Island. Its a beach party for conserving the marine life, like a celebration that it is getting conserved. There were lots of performances before the main event started, lunch was free included in the ticket price. Other foods and snacks were not though. The main event was of course, performance by Ronan Keating. Everyone literally stopped what they were doing and went to the foot of the stage to snaps close up pictures of Ronan. There was still performance after Ronan"s show though, it was the Zumba dance by Michelle Koh, again everyone stopped what they were doing, and went down to the beach and started dancing with Michelle.

It was a bummer though that we weren't able to take pictures with Ronan himself, but in the end, it was an exciting and memorable experience. We had fun. The show ended at 4.30 p.m++. Satisfied, we ate chicken wings on our ride back in the ferry to K.K.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Risers ( # 1 : When It Begins)

  At a suburban neighborhood, a house located in the middle of the lot, a man can be seen waiting in the garden. The man seems to be in his mid twenties, he is seen carrying a camera bag.

“C’mon Nancy!! Hurry up.. Gotta get going before it rains!” said the man.
“Help me carry this tripod.” Says the man’s friend to him.
“I hope we can get this done today, I mean after so long we have planned to do this,” says the man.
“Relax Chris, the skies looks fine today.. besides its still morning, it usually rains in the afternoon.”

“Okayyy I’m here.” Says Nancy..
“Finally.” Both of them says..

“Jack don’t forget your lense,” says Chris.

The trio made their way to a hill near a road side, where there was a flat area appropriate for a photo shoot. The skies were cloudy, the sun wasn’t striking hot. They commence their photo shoot right away when they arrive. After taking a few shots, they proceeded to the top of the hill where it was not too steep to stand on and continued with their shots. After 20 minutes they review the pictures they have taken so far..

“Chris you got to lower down your ISO, its too high.. your pictures are, over blown.”
“Alright alright.. got it. A little spoiled though.”
“You can photo shop it, make it look decent at least,” says Nancy.

“I guess so..”

Few moments passes by, sirens can be heard. A lot of them at once. The trio went to the peak of the hill where it overlook the highway, they saw a large number of police cruisers and fire trucks passing by.

“Where is the fire? Don’t see any smoke.” Asks Nancy.
“Let’s head back, something must be on.”
“You’re right Jack, let’s head back to your place Nancy”s.”

As they reached Nancy’s house, they realized her front door was open. The sliding door and its grill.

“Nancy was there anyone home?” Asks Chris.
“No, my mum went out, if she did come back her car would be parked outside here.”
“Shit, I’m calling the cops.”
“After what we saw Jack, I don’t think they have the time to entertain this small breaking an entry thing.
*Takes out a Glock-19(handgun) from behind his back* you guys stay here I’ll go in and check it out. Jack grab a blunt object or something.”

“What the hell Chris!!??” Says Nancy with a shock.
“ How and why did you get that?” Asks Jack.

“Apply for license, and you’ll get it in few months’ time.. For self-defense. The world is getting crazier every day. Ok, I’m going in, keep this gate close, yell if you see anything.”

Chris takes a look around the ground floor of the house, and found nothing. He makes his way up to the 1st floor, he looks into every corner and doorway but found nothing. As he was making his way back down he heard Nancy’s and Jack’s voice, yelling about something. He made his way down and saw a man standing in front of Jack and Nancy. Only the main gate separates them both and the man as he is trying to get to them.

“Chris look out!!!” warns Jack with a two by four in his hands.
“Shit!! His face!!!!” Nancy warns.

The man turns around and he has distorted face, his eyes looks transparent. His mouth was bloody and couldn’t keep it closed. His neck and arms were scarred by bite marks, dried blood on his neck and arms. And he starts, moving towards Chris. Chris points the gun at the man and warns him.

“Hey! Alright! That’s enough.. back off!!! Please!! I don’t want to shoot you..!!” Warns Chris.

The man keeps advancing and was able to get a hold onto Chris. There was a struggle, the man pushed Chris to the fence, made out of bricks. It hurt Chris’s back and he fell onto the ground, struggling to get back up. The man goes on top of Chris and tries to bite Chris’s neck, Chris fought back in making sure that doesn’t happen. Nancy and Jack from behind came to help Chris out by hitting the man at the back of the head making him going of balance to the side. Jack grabs the man and shove him to the side of the garden where he fell and got back up on his feet in no time. Chris, with the help of Nancy was able to get back up on his feet, Jack grabs Chris’s gun and gave it to Chris. He opens fire at the man at the chest twice. There was no effect, the man kept advancing towards them, he then fired at the man’s head. Where it blew into pieces and the man falls and dies for good.

The trio headed inside and have a sit down on the couch to get settled down. Nancy attends to Chris’s wounds that were inflicted by the weird man at his back.

“Feel better?” Ask Nancy to Chris.
“Yeah, thanks.”
*Jack sits down still looked shocked from what just happened* What the hell was that?”

A short moment of an awkward silence was presence in the living room. Jack got up, grabs his camera and went towards the dead body and started taking pictures of it.

“Jack what are you doing?” Asks Chris.
“Taking pictures.”
“What the hell for?”
“*Nancy grabs Jack by the shoulders* Jack, calm down ok, his dead, nothing is going to happen.”

Jack appears to still be in shock, Nancy brings him inside and put the kettle on. Meanwhile, Chris rips opens the man shirt and starts examining.

“I think Jack will be fine. He just needs some time to settle… Ripping the shirt open? Chris?”
“This is no Halloween costume Nancy. Look *points at the dead body’s torso* no bulletproof vest of anything hard to stop bullets. I shot him twice in the chest, he was still moving quick and strong. Until I shot him in the head.”

“There was no answer.” Says Jack while holding his cell phone as he went outside to join them.
“What?” Answers Nancy.
“My girlfriend, there is no answer on her cell phone.”

“Shit!! Evelyn, Sarah… !!! *Chris takes out his cellphone and dials for Evelyn* *Engage tone. Chris tries again several times after waiting, still he can’t get through* I’m going go to get them.”

“Hey!! I’m going with you, detour to Jenn’s place, I need to see if she is alright.” Says Jack.

“My place is on the way, we drop at mine then hers.” Replies Chris.
“I’m coming too, I’m not going to stay in this house alone.” Says Nancy.
“Lock up good then.” Says Chris.

They trio got into Chris’s car and made their way to Chris’s and Evelyn’s house first. Where he stays with Evelyn his girlfriend and her daughter Sarah. Jenn, is Jack’s girlfriend, who lives few blocks down from Chris’s and Evelyn’s house. They made their way through the highway, and throughout they saw commotion on the road back on the other side.

*Chris looks at Nancy* we gotta go the other way to get back to your place.”

They continue their journey, as they reached the middle of the main town, it was in chaos, they seem to be fire engines and policemen attending towards an accident and a situation in a nearby building, the road leading to Chris’s neighborhood was blocked, a policeman stopped them and asks questions.

“The road is closed” says the cop.
“Sir would you please let us pass, I need to get to my girlfriend, my friend here too. They both lived at Grand Orchid.”

“I’m sorry ,the roads are closed, safety measures. Not letting anyone in or out. Use the other road” Says the cop.

“C’mon sir, please… the other road it’s insane, it’s a hustle from here.”

Out of the blue, the policeman colleague calls him from his radio.

“Tim??Tim?? answer me.”
“What is it Steve?”
“Get down here, we’ve got a situation, need more men. Hurry!!”

“Sir please let us pass.” Ask Chris again.
“OK go,go,go.. before I change my mind. *the policeman moves the barricade as they pass*

As they reached Chris’s house, the door seems to be wide opened. Everything in the house was a mess, Chris ran up to his room and it was a mess too. Clothes were taken but not all, Evelyn’s grandmother’s necklace was not taken, it was still hanging on the dressing table. Chris takes it and hope for the best prepare for the worst. He reunites with his friends downstairs.

“She’s still alive.” Says Chris.
“How do you know?” Ask Nancy.
“Her necklace, she left it, she never leaves it.”
“Whatever it is Chris. I’m sorry.” Says Jack.
“Don’t be, she and Sarah are alive. Somewhere…, *sigh* let’s get to your girl.”

They made their way to Jenn’s house, it didn’t look good, there were a few people standing around. People who looked like the man Chris killed. The trio made their way into Jenn’s house slowly, trying not to get the attention from them, the door was wide open, there was a trail of blood leading to the steps. There was Jenn, eyes wide open, neck bitten opened. Jack drops to his knees and hugs the dead body of Jenn in tears. Meanwhile the people outside of Jenn’s noticed the trio inside, and slowly making their way towards them.

“Jack c’mon we gotta go now!!” Says Chris.
“Jack, c’mon ok, we’ve got to go,” says Nancy.

Jack puts Jenn down back and make their way out. Chris shoots few of them down to make a passage way to the door. They got into the car, and made their way back to Nancy’s. During the journey back, everyone was quiet, wondering what is going on. They took the longer route back to Nancy’s, knowing that the ordinary road back was jammed up. They passed the ordinary road back to Nancy’s and the cars were deserted, some cars were left running, doors wide opened. Not a single soul in sight. They made their way back, and settle themselves down in the living room. Jack turns on the tv, but there was nothing on anymore, some screens were blank some showed a “please standby” message.

“Oh my god!!!” Says Nancy.
“MUM!! Totally forgot about her!! Shit!! Shit!! *Nancy dials her cellphone frantically, but all she gets is an error tone every time she dialed.* Shit!! Damn!!.”

“Don’t worry *Jack hugs her and tries to comfort her* I’m sure she is alright.”
“We’ll go to the place where you think she might be, we look for her then.” Says Chris.

There was a loud bang coming from upstairs.

*Chris takes his gun out and pointed it to the stairs as he gives instructions and warns the mystery person upstairs* Walk slowly!, hands up!.. C’mon, walk slowly towards the stairs!..” instructs Chris.

As the person slowly emerge towards the stairs, it seems to be a chubby looking, 45 year old man in shorts and a checkered shirt. Nancy sees his face as he slowly descents..

“Uncle Rob??” Says Nancy.
“Hello there dear. Glad you’re okay.” *with a smile* 

(to be continued)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Outstanding Designs

Guitar picks with awesome graphics design.. first time ever, saw something like this.. Nicee...