October 27, 2014

90's Halloween

The horror vibe is just around the corner and to be honest, this is my favorite part of the year, especially that fact hat it comes before Christmas and New Year. Maybe because I love horror movies and novels that's why I came to love Halloween too. Today, Halloween is filled with parties and trick or treats and other types of celebration. The Halloween I knew and loved was the dark, really scary type. If you're a Filipino, grew up in the 90's, you know what I mean.


For 'batang 90's' like me, we will always remember Noli De Castro's Magandang Gabi Bayan. This program I believe is the pioneer and was the first news magazine program in the Philippines. It became a habit for our family to watch this every Saturday. Come 6:00 PM, everyone would bring dinner in front of the TV to watch while eating.  The program tackles of course Filipino-related current events during the year it aired, but my favorite episodes are the ones shown during last week of October to first week of November in which they would air their yearly Halloween Special episode.

Their Halloween Special airs horror-creepy-scary stories sent by viewers. Most of them are from personal experiences and sometimes they also visit famous ghost infested places in the country. Stories aired varies, from local cryptids like 'tiyanak', 'aswang', 'tikbalang' up to creepy stories  such as flying coffins, headless man, white lady, exorcism, you can have it all at this certain time of the year. And what's more scary about MGB's Halloween Special is that they invest in re-enacting these stories and even using props and hiring scary looking actors to make the episode more horrifying. I was able to find one of the classic episodes of the show on YouTube, it may look blurry but try to watch it.

Nowadays, Halloween is celebration for kids- parties, candies, colorful costumes and happy smiles. This coming November 1 though, I'll enjoy a night of these old school  MGB horror episodes together with my siblings. I'll be ready with snacks and good internet connection of course!

September 22, 2014

Birthday

Ano ang sukat ng halaga ng isang buhay?
Kayamanan ba o di kaya ang pangalan?

What dictates a person’s worth? Is it possessions? Is it reputation?


Awit Ng Mortal (Song of the Mortal) is a masterpiece written by Joey Ayala with a very relaxing tune. It is one of my favorite Filipino folk songs, aside from other masterpieces from Asin and Buklod. Having a background as a student activist, their songs never get old to me.



Focusing on this particular song, I love the message it relays to us, that life is short, and that whatever we want to have or achieve we should make it happen while we are still alive. Not being sentimental, but since my birthday is just days away, this song really gets in my head. I'm almost 30, and yes, I need to start working on things I want to achieve. Maybe I need to start writing it down? :)


You can listen to the song's preview or buy the album instead by clicking this link,

August 17, 2014

A Night With Lydia


[LATE POST] I was able to watch Korean singer, Quest Crew dancer, and YG Producer Lydia Paek last August 7th ath Zirkoh Quezon City together with 2 of my bosses who happens to be Kpop fans as well. Well, Lydia is not actually a Kpop idol, but the fact that she's a songwriter and producer from YG as well as her being affiliated with some of the world's biggest Kpop stars, expect that Kpop stans will flock to watch the show. Days before the event, she arrived in the country together with two of her close friends- fellow performer Marshall Bang and 2NE1's Sandara Park. They went on a short getaway to relax before gearing up for the 7th.

Photo from my Instagram- Marshall liked it, btw kekeke ^^
Lydia's August 7 gig was her first show in the country.
We arrived at the event around 7PM, and Kpop stans (mostly YG stans if not, all) were already lined up at the main door. We were able to wait in line beside the back door. While chatting the back door opened and fans began to scream. I turned around and saw Marshall and Lydia going out after the rehearsal. Though they looked kind of tired, both smiled and said hi to fans. Quite starstruck especially to Lydia- she's pretty! 

Marshall turning it up.

The show was quite delayed, actually. The original time was set to 10:00PM but it actually started around 11 or 12 midnight if I remember it correctly. So to keep fans from getting bored, Zirkoh's resident performers gave some good entertainment. Personal favorite is Billy and this girl can really sing. She belted out Beyonce's 'Love on Top' and Idinal Menzel's 'Let It Go' and hit those very high notes effortlessly. I'm not kidding! It was one of the best parts of the show, and I think Billy should be given a break or career kkk.
Some local celebs also attended the event- Ms.Ai Ai Delas Alas, Christian Bautista, Yeng Constantino and Ryan Bang along with Dasuri Choi. Then just before the show proper started, a familiar face appeared- Jjangmae! Then fans started screaming when Sandara Park went to sit with one of the tables. Though it was dark, we saw her clearly from our seat. She waved to fans here and there.

The show started with PBB housemate Fourth Solomon gracing the stage and singing. Not familiar with him actually since I don't watch PBB. But yes, I must admit he is good looking. Next is a routine dance from Hip Hop dancer Young Monster. Again, I am not familiar with him (sorry) but I did watch him do his routine- it was great!

Then Marshall Bang went on stage next and sang 3,4 songs. He also sang Christian Bautista's 'The Way You Look At Me' and gave it justice. He's a good singer and performer too. He even sang a gospel song with Lydia, before the latter took the stage.

 

Lydia- she's always a good singer. I've heard some of her cover songs on YT, heard her voice being feature on G-Dragon's 'R.O.D', but like my bias Minzy, hearing her sing live is heaven. Everyone raved when she sang her cover song of Taeyang's 'Eyes Nose Lips'- for me it's the best cover of the single. She even accepted requests from fans and sang parts from Park Bom's 'Don't Cry' and Lee Hi's '1234', which she co-wrote. She was also very generous enough to give fans autographs during the show. Lydia should get her own album but I think that in the meantime she is happy as a songwriter and producer for YG artists.

All in all, it was a short perf, but very memorable. Not every day or year you get to see YG artists and producers visit the country and sing. Looking forward to seeing Lydia again hopefully in the near future. 

A/N: The photos I took may look like I'm too far from the stage, but actually I'm on the second row. I can see Lydia and Marshall clear enough. It's all my phone's fault.

July 18, 2014

Break Up Letter


Dear Yahoo!,

Today I decided to delete my account with you. Boy, I can't believe I've been with you for decades! But it's time for me to let you go. You've been a good provider, but everything changes. I fell out of love over the past years yet you tried everything to please me, even changing your logo. No, I didn't like it. I love the old logo.


So I finally made the decision to break up with you. But I see you're still giving me a hard time with those captcha. You know how my eyes hurt looking at these jumbling letters, you know my weakness. But still, my desire to break my ties with you prevailed.


Yet after I clicked that 'Terminate' button you were sort of blackmailing me? Telling me that some of my information won't be deleted? Wow, you know what? I don't care. I'm free now. I'm done with you. Toodles.

March 13, 2014

2NE1 Crush Album Quick Review + YesAsia Experience

So yeah, K-Pop power group 2NE1 recently released their album titled 'Crush'. As a fan, I was able to purchased the digital version on iTunes when it was released, then pre-ordered the physical album on YesAsia. This post will be a mix of album unboxing and review of my experience ordering from YA.


I ordered the album + poster Feb. 27 on YesAsia, as it was one of the first online shopping site to accept pre-orders. The product costs $31.99 then $20.95 Express shipping all in all it is at $52.94 which was okay as I had saved up for this one. I usually shop online, but I do standard shipping. What I do is pick the package at the local post office and pay about $50, but since this one's special, I chose Express. I also want to get the poster included since it is a limited item. If I decide to order the album here in Manila, there's a chance I won't be able to get it. So I waited and waited for the update.

January 24, 2014

Packing out Cold


Been in this hood, thinking what to write


Hey y'all! I feel like I need to write today without any topic of whatever. Random stuff? Yes, random. I hope my domain name is working well. I HOPE YOU PASS BY THIS BLOG TO TEST IT. Anyway, if in case please inform me so that I can contact the registrar and get my money back. I know it's cheap purchase, but still, that's money! I worked hard for that money. And getting my own domain name is one of my dreams. So there. Now, I have some quick updates I would like to share. Let's do this then! START!

January 16, 2014

Review: Fingering

So I stumbled upon a Thai news site about an article condemning a lesbian movie for its 'provocative sexual scenes'. Immediately, I watched the movie (thanks to the kind uploader who shared it on YouTube) and to give my two cents, I could say that it became controversial in Thailand not because of the scenes, but the title itself. Here's a short review.

Produced by Queer Movie Production Club (QMPC) and StudioFun, online movie Fingering already caused a stir in the Thailand LGBT community the day it's teaser released. But then as I had mentioned earlier, only the title made it notorious.



The film focuses on the sexual lives of 2 lesbian couples. First couple, Chaeng (Annindy Ann) not being able to satisfy her partner Mi (Sununta Dewa). The other couple, Tang (Patchpicha Termpreeda) feels that her partner Mean (Potjanee Seeviriyakul) only wants to have fun with her in bed. As the story goes their relationship went on the rocks but after realizing their mistakes and learning from it, the pairs ended happily together after all.

But how did the creators came up with that catchy title (if you know what I mean) if it's a romantic comedy film? I tell you, there's no porn the whole movie. Though there are some selected love scenes and a scene of a dildo waved back and forth, they're acceptable (on my level)- no butt or p***y exposure whatsoever. The fingering title mostly relates to the first couple, Chaeng and Mi. Since Mi is absolutely not satisfied with her partner in terms of love-making, Chaeng is seeks help from her 2 gay co-workers to enhance her skills in- you know. And although she broke her 2 fingers, her co-workers suggested that she learn another trick that is, cunnilingus.  Chaeng developed trust issues towards Mi after knowing about her dissatisfaction. Tang on the other hand, left Mean for the sole reason that she only loves sex. After they broke up, Mean realized the true meaning of love and was able to say I love you with utmost sincerity.

Chaeng and Mi, played by Annindy Ann and Sununta Dewa
Overall, I can say that the movie is a rom-com and sends out the message that relationship is not all about sex. But yeah, the title may sound porn, but it's not. But to be honest, the creators could have selected a better title, because I say that it it quite misleading. (ha ha ha).

In terms of cinematography, for me it passes the standard for indie movies (though I am not sure if this is considered one). If this was released as a mainstream movie in Thailand, then the cinematography was a big fail.  There are some transitions between scenes though that I find bad, but not a major issue.

I suggest that you check the movie and give your two cents. The one uploaded on YouTube though had a horrible, horrible English subtitle so better check on other sites. But if you can find one, you can always watch it here.

Out of Town

So yeah, last January 7th, I went to Baguio for a short trip with Yona. My goal for the trip is to visit my father and sister, plus relax and visit some of the city's tourist spots. For about 3 day and 2 nights, we were able to go to some places and get together with my family.


So many things changed since my last visit to the Botanical Garden. They now have these Oriental-inspired gardens.

 Baguio's climate hits all time low during the months of November to February. This is the reason why I love going to this city between these months.

Cordillera is known for its woodcraft.

Tourists must have picked all strawberries , only a few were left hahaha.

I hope to return to Baguio again this year, or maybe January next year. And hopefully next time, it would be a week-long visit.