~Lumayo ka nga sa akin by Bob Ong~

Bob Ong did it again! This time he criticized and chided the Philippine television variety shows, game shows, dramas, soap operas, reality shows and even the movies. What made me love this book so much was the fact that I could totally relate (once again) to the author’s expostulations and reprehensions about the status of the Philippine movie and TV industry nowadays.

How dismaying it is that what used to be enjoyable and something that is a source of Filipino pride became nothing but a laughingstock and shallow entertainment for idiots? Of course all these ‘kajologs-an‘ and ‘kabaduy-an’ are part of the Filipino culture and humor but whatever happened to the arts? Where did the producers’ and writers’ artistic and creative minds go? Why is imitation and piracy the ‘in’ thing when we can have the most talented and skilled minds if we just put them together. 😦 I think this book is an eye-opener not just for someone like me who’d rather watch Korean, Japanese and Hollywood TV and movies over my own country’s. It made me realize WHY I never watch Philippine TV in the first place. -.- The abundance of stereotypical characters and generic plots coupled with lame acting from second-rate young stars who are either a product of a talent search or some goddamn reality show on TV are just too frustrating and even disturbing. AND extremely eye-roll-worthy. 

I finished this book in like 4 hours and THAT is a record for me since I never finish anything in a day. ^^ I guess the long trip back home from Manila yesterday did something to my brain cells. Haha. Or maybe coz I didn’t have any distractions – like the Internet – to keep me from reading nonstop. 😀

This is probably one of his best works, IMO, and my second fave next to “Abnkkbsnplako”.

 Picture source: kingofdom.wordpress.com   

Hyped up with Jay Chou’s Exclamation Mark!!!

Jay Chou as the Hydrophobic Sailor~ LOL

I totally love Jay Chou’s album! 😀 I don’t usually listen that much to CPOP… I mean, I do listen to some songs every now and then but I can’t appreciate all of them. I get tired of it easily… and I don’t get any recommendations so I actually have no idea who are the good artists or what are the good songs. ^_^;;; Maybe it’s just NOT my jam. Not my kind of music. BUT Jay’s album changed all that. I was actually able to listen to ALL the songs in the album without skipping anything and at the end of it I WANTED MORE. 😀 I’ve been listening to it all morning and I never get tired of any songs. I’m lovin’ it more and more. ^__^ But of course I have my fave tracks – The world’s not over, Princess Syndrome, Piano Hurt, Mine Mine and Hyrophobic Sailor. ^.^ I can’t get enough of it!

I love the fact that I can hear the distinct sounds of more than one musical instrument in every song. And unlike other artists who’d stick to one genre, I heard more than one genre throughout the album. I heard pop, of course, ballad, rock, hiphop, RnB and even some jazzy-traditional-sounding music that kinda reminded me of Lee Hom. ^^ It’s definitely one cool and wonderful album packed with different genres and melodies that would surely get stuck in your head for a long time, you can tap your foot into the beat and it will brighten up your mood. 😀

Tracklist:
01 Exclamation Mark, 惊叹号 [ MV ]
02 Enchanting Melody, 迷魂曲
03 Mine Mine
04 Princess Syndrome, 公主病
05 How Are You, 你好吗
06 Healing Hot Meat Buns, 疗伤烧肉粽
07 Piano Hurt, 琴伤
08 Hydrophobic Sailor, 水手怕水
09 The World’s Not Over, 世界未末日
10 Shadow Puppetry, 皮影戏
11 Race Goddess, 超跑女神

You can hear all the songs here.

Psyched up for Guckkasten! @_@

Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that is inspired or influenced by psychedelic culture and attempts to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs. ~ Wikipedia

So my student and I were talking about rock concerts and bands and she mentioned this indie rock group. At first I didn’t catch their name so I asked her to spell it out. 😀 I immiediately googled them and of course I downloaded their album 😀 This song really stuck to me instantly. I like the fact that most of their songs have more ‘melody’ or ‘instrumental’ parts… it doesn’t have that much lyrics so it’s not really the ‘noisy and loud’ kind of rock. I liked it because it has just the right amount of rock and it’s quite… addictive… to say the least. I was trying to get some power nap while listening to their album but I wasn’t able to sleep. There was something about the piercing sound of the guitar and the hauntingly beautiful vocals that kept me awake… Some of their songs actually have apsychedelic rock feel to it… It’s addictive and haunting at the same time. it makes me dizzy yet I still want more. @.@ 

I can’t really compare them to any other band… so it’s good because it feels like the first time I’m hearing something extraordinary like this. ^^ I’m not very particular with rock music. I just listen to them based on recommendations or popularity… I do pay attention to the rhythm and how ‘ROCK’ their songs are… I have my ‘rock meter’ XD I don’t like sth TOO ROCK or TOO FAKE ROCK… ^^;;;

Another thing that amuses me about them… their songs are freakin’ long. Each song is longer than 4 minutes. But you don’t get bored with it. The melody and the beat just draws you in and you enjoy it as you listen to it more. ^^ AND they can mellow down, like in their song “GAVIAL”, so it’s not just purely rock. But then again… we can still hear the screeching sound of the guitar at the end of that song…^^;;

Out of habit, I decided to GOOGLE them… although it doesn’t really matter that much if they’re good-looking or not because it’s THEIR MUSIC that I like… I just tend to do that, you know– GOOGLE everyone. ^^

They’re all older than me… and they all look like serious indie rock musicians. No one looks like someone who can pass an audition for a Kpop flower boy idol group or something. Thank god. XD

But it’s kinda amusing that they have a member named KIM KIBUM. XD I bet it’s either of those guys wearing shorts… XD

^ Another thing that I like is their fashion style…? Haha. I was expecting to see some GACKT or HYDE-looking dudes or someone who looks like a fanboy of Marily Manson… or atleast Aerosmith… ^^;;; But they look… normal… to say the least. Hehe. 😀

“I tried making sense of it, and then I realized I should be trying to make sense as to why I was even trying to make sense… “ ~ Psychedelic quote from http://www.shroomery.org
 

CR: I don’t own anything. NOTHING. If you own them, lemme know. I will definitely credit you. 😀

Today is so NOT my day -.-

Excuse my Ilocano-English-Korean. AY APO THIS UBING TALAGA! Anyamet this kid. 어이쿠… 이런 자식!!! I can’t even…!!! ~__~

*sighs*

Just finished teaching English to this 9-year-old Taiwanese kid who obviously thinks he’s so much better than everyone else. >_< He is usually okay– not really a good follower or student but he is “tolerable”. But TODAY he was just so fucking annoying, irritating, irking and I just can’t even think of anything other -ing word!!! >_<

He was not listening, he was not reading, he didn’t response –well, he did sometimes but it’d take him like FOREVER to do so– and he was very impolite. The problem really lies with the parents here. WHY THE HECK would you force your YOUNG KID to study English with foreigners– strangers — people they barely know— people they don’t even get to see — for like TWO FREAKING HOURS STRAIGHT???  Even I would get bored and sleepy and annoyed. DAMMIT. ~_~ Yes, it’s necessary, I know that. I know how important education is blah blah blah. But WTF, this kid was obviously pissed off at me and I was just doing my freaking job. T_T Why oh why?

And then this morning… one of my co-teachers were absent. So I substituted for her class. My dumb supervisor gave me a substitute class right before my ‘marathon’ class (straight classes, no breaks, not even a minute ^^) which means I have to make sure that I call on time so that I won’t be late in other classes. So in my confusion and hurry, I dialed the wrong number… NOT ONCE BUT TWICE. >_< GDI. That’s a serious violation in my company. ~__~ So I kinda wondered why a guy answered the call and insisted that he ‘doesn’t speak English’ –when he was clearly SPEAKING IN ENGLISH… -.- IDEK. Anyway. It’s one thin to get the number wrong ONCE… but TWICE? DEMMIT. I received a freakin’ memo for that. T_T

Foggy Baguio... it's been a WEEK! -.-

Prior to that… the RAIN pissed me off big time. It’s been raining nonstop in my city for like more than a week now due to this stupid typhoon that won’t go away… But lately the sun’s been shining and the fog was gone this morning… BUT just when I was about to buy some food this morning– there was a HEAVY downpour which soaked the lower part of my pants and my shoes. -.- THEN, when I took shelter for a while at the store, it turned to a slight drizzle…

Rain rain go away~~~ GTFA!!!

However, the moment I stepped out and made my way back to the office, it started raining heavily again! It was like, the rain was PURPOSELY trying to get on my nerves!!! I swear! >_<

The ONLY thing that made me happy today was the fact that I got my salary today. That’s it. FML!!!

My own four-leaf clover... yum!

Oh and I found this “lucky” heart-shaped CORNFLAKES while munching on my box of cornflakes. XD It was supposed to be my four-leaf clover! >_< But it’s cute anyway…

 

If you don’t SUCK, you won’t SUCKSEED~

A teen comedy about a group of high-school students who form a band even though they’re not remotely gifted with music. Their intention is to impress girls. But when a pretty young student turns up and wants to join the band as a guitarist, things start to get interesting.

Title: SuckSeed ห่วยขั้นเทพ
Director: Chayanop Boonprakob
 Cast: Jirayu La-ongmanee, Natcha Nuanjam, Pashorn Jiratiwat, Thawat Pornrattanaprasert
Rating: 15+ Musical comedy

~ enjoythaimovies.com

Thai teen movies really have a soft spot in my heart. I don’t know why but I’ve only seen quite a few –mostly with the gorgeous MARIO MAURER in it ^.^ — and I just fell in love with all of them. Maybe because Thailand has a homey feel to it. Our cultures are somewhat similar. The stories are simple and I can really relate to them. Even the ‘high school life’ and the band scene is almost the same. 😀

Aside from the fact that this movie has two cute dudes and one pretty dudette… it also has one of my favorite things in the world –MUSIC. Although I have to admit that the scenes where a random singer or band would start appearing beside the actors and start singing were just incredibly hilarious and too “bollywood” or high school musical for me. So I kinda forwarded them. XD  It reminded me of this Saturday morning TV series called ‘MAYNILA’ where a random singer would start singing amidst some scenes… XP

Anyway… this movie has just the right amount of teenage romance, friendship, a bit of family and school drama and of course HUMOR. Thais really have a penchant for humor, even in horror films. XD The movie focuses on the lives of three struggling musicians and how they deal with everyday dilemma in school, with girls and  their music– life in general. I have to admit though that the first few parts of the movie were quite ho-hum coz they gave too much air time on their ‘elementary’ days. Yes, it is necessary to build up the story… but it kinda made the start a bit drawn out… After that ‘period’ though, the pacing got better. We get to see the teenagers now and it was so much better. 😀

Pretty Natcha ~ I bet she's haffu or something 😀

I have to say, the girl who plays Earn – Natcha Nuanjam – was just so elegantly beautiful. Her face is hard to forget. It could be elegant and simple at the same time. I think she can play both good and bad characters. ^.^

Natcha as the incredible guitarist Earn Morrison ~

I’m not sure if she’s REALLY a singer or of she really plays the guitar… if she does then she’s totally my IDOL now. 😀 She totally rocked during those scenes where she showed her excellent and hardcore guitar skills. ^^

The love TRIANGLE. >_> it would've been more fun if khung's twin, kae, joined in this. haha. it'd be a SQUARE.

As for Khung and Kae ~ they’re my favorite characters. ^^ Okay, it’s actually played by just one really cute and talented dude — Pashorn Jiratiwat aka PEACH. My first impression of him was “He kinda looks like this Filipino rapper/actor– ELMO MAGALONA.” ^^

Patchara "Peach" as both Khung and Kae ~He resembled Patchara right...? ^.^He resembled Patchara right...? ^.^

Anyway, I have to say this kis is really good for a newbie. He actually convinced me that KHUNG AND KAE are REALLY twins and are being played by two REAL LIFE twins. Even after I found out that it was the SAME PERSON, I still felt like I’m seeing double. 😀  Pretty much like how Lindsay Lohan pulled it off in the Parents’ Trap. ^^

ROCKIN' OUT -- KHUNG STYLE~

I don’t know why I really like his (KHUNG ^^) character although he was such a loser and more or less pathetic throughout the movie. I think because he is REALISTICALLY real. I’ve met a lot of guys like him. Those who are really talented but can’t seem to get out of their comfort zone and step up to the plate. He started off as the ‘talented twin’ because he could play the guitar at an early age. But then he grew up to be this loser, wannabe-in-a-rock-band dude who’s in love with his best friend. *LOL*

The three SUCKERS who SUCKSEED-ed. XD

Well, no, not really. But I think he’s too needy and he sticks to Ped too much. And Ped even dumped Earn– the girl of his dreams just for Khung… So Earn was like, “I envy Khung… Are you GAY?” XD XD XD

I like it how his face crumples everytime he tries to do some rock-ish scream XD

ANYWAY. About Ped. Yes, he’s cute and all. He channels the ‘boy-next-door-looks’ or the boy-you’re-gonna-take-home-to-your-parents but… I don’t really like him that much. He’s the exact opposite of Khung. He’s timid, quiet and he keeps everything to himself, most of the time. It’s annoying for girls to have a ‘guessing game’ whether or not the guy likes them. I mean, he’s gonna be all nice and sweet to Earn then if she comes too close, he’ll push her away and deny his feelings. I understand that they’re young and they’re still in high school.

TORPE! Just tell her you love her! DUH. She feels it naman. And she feels the same way.

WHATEVER. It’s the 20th effing century kids. GROW UP. XD Britney Spears’s younger sister got pregnant at the age of 13! Haha. Anyway. It just irked me a bit how dense and ‘torpe’ he was. If the girl is showing interest in you, then GET A DAMN CLUE! She likes you too. Otherwise she’ll be ignoring you right? *sighs* And then he’s gonna get all jealous and put on his PITY-ME-FACE upon seeing his BFF making moves on her. THE FCK IS THIS. >_<  Sorry, got carried away… had the same experience… Haha.

The Retard BFF, the in-denial/torpe BFF and THE GIRL. XD

It’s nice to watch movies like this every now and then. I mean, no matter how hard they persevered and tried to get popular, in the end, there was still something missing. They still lack something. I was annoyed at Khung when he suddenly stormed out on them in the middle of the performance just coz he felt betrayed when Ped didn’t tell him about him and Earn… but I realized he has every right to do that. If I were him, I wouldn’t have started the performance at all. I would’ve walked out right then and there. ~__~ I think it’s not about who she likes, it’s about Ped being honest to himself and to his friends. He should’ve admitted it to his friends– his best friend– at least. That way there wouldn’t have been any misunderstandings and broken hearts.

Nakakasira talaga ng friendship and LOVE. XD Charot.

I think the title is really creative and pretty cool. At first it I thought it was just some stupid band name with no deeper meaning whatsoever. But then when I saw this poster…

"Sometimes you got to suck, before you SUCKSEED." TRUE. ^-^

I thought, wow. So that’s what it means. Haha. But I agree, everyone who’s ‘successful’ and ‘popular’ now were not ALWAYS like that. We all start as a LOSER… a NOBODY… someone UNPOPULAR and irrelevant. We only gain success after all the hardships and trials we experience. That’s why we don’t ‘suck’ anymore because we graduated from that. We are SO OVER that phase in our lives. We’ve gained more confidence and we were able to make it to the top. 😀 So it’s better to suck first, then SUCKSEED  later XD Than to SUCKSEED at first then suck later… right? What am I saying. Haha.

I highly recommend this movie. And can I just say I LOVE THE OST. I don’t really listen to Thai songs coz they sound weird and creepy sometimes… but the songs here are just COOL AND FANTASTIC. 😀

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

– These boys have both. Plenty of both. Haha.

Mastering multi-tasking.

I love multi-tasking. I think it’s a great way to get your job done and to exercise some brain cells as well. 😀

I normally multi-task at work by listening to music while doing my evaluations and browsing the Internet. ^^ Sometimes I even type my blog in between my evaluations and reports… or chat with my friends or download some movies…

So yeah. I multi-task. A LOT.

Nowadays, I’ve been ‘multi-watching’. haha. Definition: watching several TV shows and dramas at once. Okay, I don’t really watch them ALL TOGETHER. But I watch various shows and dramas in one day. For instance, I watch a movie, a Korean drama, a Japanese drama, a Filipino drama, a US drama, a US sitcom and a British drama all in one week. Oh, I also watch movies — with different languages: Korean, Japanese, Thai, English, Indian… 😀

So yeah, to summarize it. Here’s a list of what I’m watching, what I just finished watching recently and what I’m gonna watch in the near future.

Korean Drama:
1. Heartstrings (You’ve fallen for me) – 15 eps

I've fallen for this drama~~~

~ just finished this yesterday. 😀

2. Protect the boss – ongoing

Protect Jaejoong... errr... the BOSS ~ One of my favorites and the one I'm most looking forward to. It just cracked me up so much.

3. Princess Man – ongoing

The Korean Romeo and Juliet

~ great plot, love the actors, but the subbing team consists of TURTLES. Yeah, they’re kinda slow. So I only get to watch this on the weekends. 😦 It’s like a Joseon dynasty version of ROMEO AND JULIET. Just so you know. 😀

4. Scent of a woman – ongoing
~ not yet started but I religiously downloaded every episode up to now so I can marathon it sometime… in the near future XD

5. Goong (Palace) – 24 episodes
~ It’s an old drama, yeah, I know. And I’ve seen it before, yes. But that was the time when Korean DVDsEnglish subtitles still sucks like hell. XD So I’m re-watching it. ^^

6. Spy Myungwol – ongoing
~ there’s too much drama in this drama. I’m only watching it for the love of Mun Eric. But now I am so lovin’ it coz of the other guy– Lee Jinwook ❤

7. Can’t Lose – will start LATER!!! ^___^
~ I am so gonna watch it! It has one of my fave rom-com actors, YOON SANGHYUN, in it PLUS Choi Jiwoo. The story is quite interesting and based on the trailer, it’ll be a riot rom-com. XD

Japanese Drama:

8. IS ~ Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei ~ – ongoing
~ I don’t know (or like) anyone in this drama… Well, I’ve seen them in other dramas but I’m not a BIG fan. I was just so interested in the plot. An “intersexual” huh? It’s my first time watching this sort of drama. 🙂

9. Ikemen desu ne ~ ongoing

Perfect Cast~

~ The remake of the Korean drama He’s Beautiful is so much better than what I expected. One of the best remakes ever. Shu-san really channels Shinwoo-hyung in the Korean version~

10. Ouran High Host Club ~ ongoing

Yosuke is just HILARIOUS.

~ live action of the highly popular animation about a girl who disguised as a guy to get into the school’s host club. The boring and ‘duh’ moments is totally forgiven thanks to Yusuke Yamamoto‘s hilariously animated acting. XD

11. Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ~ ongoing

It's a good remake. So haters to the LEFT. XD

~ another remake. It’s a good remake as well. I mean, it’s NOT THAT BAD as some people might think. I really like the actor who plays Ikuta Toma‘s former character — Nakatsu. The guy is ALMOST as hilarious and insane as Toma. 😀 PLUS, there are lots of new hotties to look out for in this drama.

12. Trouble man – 12 episodes
~ I just randomly saw this drama and decided I like the story. It’s sort of a mystery-suspense drama starring Shige of Kattun 😀

13. Triangle – 11 episodes
~ I just randomly saw this drama and decided I like the story. It’s sort of a mystery-suspense drama starring one of my Japanese actor crushes – Eguchi Yosuke ❤

14. Misaki #1 – 10 episodes
~ I’m watching this for the love of FUJIGAYA TAISUKE (who plays SHU in Ikemen desu ne). They say it’s like a bad imitation of GOKUSEN, with the “YANKUMI” being a hostess or something… but still. It’s Shu-san~~~ ^^

15. Taiyou to umi no Kyoshitsu (Homeroom on the Beachside) – finished – 10 episodes

Not just another Gokusen rip off. XD

~ I finally finished this one. It’s great to see the young actors here who are now starting to gain popularity and getting more ‘important’ or ‘leading’ roles… 😀

16. Majo Saiban (The Witch Trial) – 10 episodes

I'd watch any drama with 'witch' on the title... and with cute curly Toma in it. XD

~ I just started episode 1 last night and I can say I’m soooo lovin’ this. I like any plot with “witch” or “detective” in it. 😀 AND it’s IKUTA TOMA~~~ with cute curly hair. haha.

17. Zenkai Girl ~ ongoing

~ I’m still thinking if I’m gonna watch this… I got bored easily even though it’s NISHIKIDO RYO… and YUI ARAGAKI… two of my fave actors… I dunno why… maybe I got tired of watching these sort of ‘feel good’ dramas…

18. Don Quixote ~ ongoing

WAH!I miss seeing weird and hilarious SHOTA...but I can't seem to continue this drama for some reason >_<

~ I SO wanna watch this. I was so excited to see this coz it’s one of my LOVES– MATSUDA FREAKIN’ SHOTA… but I dunno what happened to me after watching episode 1…. I kinda lost interest… same with Zenkai Girl… *sighs* My attention span isn’t the same as before. I don’t get satisfied easily now. T__T but… it’s SHOTA! 😦

US / American drama/ sitcoms:

19. How I met your Mother ~ ongoing

Barney is just HILARIOUSLY HILARIOUS! XD

~ I’m so stuck on Season 2 T__T I really love watching sitcoms coz they’re so short and easy to watch. 😀 Barney is just addictive. His humor and crazy antics helps me get through a crappy day.

20. Criminal Minds ~ Seson 6

I'm so looking forward to Dr. Spencer Reid's amazing logic, theories and deductions. ^^

~ The DVD I bought won’t work on my laptop dammit! >_< So I need to download it… T__T I miss Dr. Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and the rest of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) over at FBI… 😀

21. Dexter – Season 5

~ I can’t seem to start this. I just feel so bad for Dexter after what happened at the end of Season 4… ooopppsss! SPOILER. Haha. But I’ll get to this some time… in the future… XD

22. Victorious ~ Season 2

This Nick TV series really MADE ME SHINE~~~ I love it!

~ It’s my first time trying to watch a NICKELODEON series and I definitely made the right decision! I fell in love with this series and all the cast instantly! Especially dear AVAN JOGIA… hehehehe… It’s still ongoing so… I’m stuck on Season 2…. but I heard it’s gonna be the last season… T_T WHY????>

23. Hell cats ~ Season 1

~ Aly Michalka + Ashley Tisdale + cheerdance = ME LIKES. 😀 I’m a fan of Step Up and Bring it on… so why not watch this drama? ^^

24. SKINS – Season 2

~ I so loved season 1 but I found out that Season 2 isn’t THAT great anymore… so I’m still thinking about watching this. Kaya Scodelario is ❤ though… ^^

WOW. Looking at these TV shows and dramas I feel dizzy now. I didn’t know I was REALLY multi-watching. Haha. Hopefully, I’ll finish ALL of these before the year ends. Haha. Wish me luck!